Nammo, Navy form private-public partnership

Test firing of the first production-ready hybrid rocket engine May 19, 2016. Photo: Nammo

Jan. 29 (UPI) — A Public Private Partnership Agreement has been signed by the U.S. Navy for a supply of solid-rocket motors, propulsion, tactical warheads and demilitarization services of U.S. munitions inventory.

The partnership was signed by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, or NSWC IHEODTD, and Nammo Energetics Indian Head.

“The Public Private Partnership Agreement is a unique opportunity for Nammo to become part of the U.S. National Technology Industrial Base,” said Morten Brandtzæg, chief executive officer of the Nammo Group. “Our priority No. 1 will be to create a sustainable and highly competitive operation at Indian Head (Maryland) with a strong focus on our core capabilities and competences — creating jobs in Maryland.”

Nammo Energetics Indian Head is a relatively new company of Nammo Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of the Norway headquartered Nammo group.

Under the agreement, Nammo and the Navy will jointly conduct manufacturing operations.

Naamo said it will make a significant capital investment in facilities, equipment and human resources at the Indian Head facility to establish a state-of-the-art capability modeled after current Nammo operations elsewhere.

“The Navy relies on IHEODTD for a broad set of critical energetic and EOD capabilities,” said NSWC IHEODTD Technical Director Ashley Johnson. “Maintaining our readiness level requires a significant amount of resources that are increasingly difficult to realize in the current fiscal environment. Under this 30-year partnership, Nammo Energetics Indian Head will address under-utilized capacity in our Cast Plant to manufacture rocket motors and warheads.”

In addition to rocket motors and warheads, the company will provide the Navy with demilitarization services.


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