LAND 159

LETHALITY

SYSTEMS PROGRAM

TOWARDS 2030

Defence conducted an open solicitation process that resulted in the selection of NIOA as the Lethality System Prime Contractor for Stage 1 of Tranche 1 from July 2020.

NIOA is a 100% Australian company specialising in the supply and sustainment of weapon and munition systems to the ADF.

TRUSTED. PROVEN. AUSTRALIAN.

WELCOME TO THE NIOA PORTAL FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA'S LETHALITY SYSTEMS PROGRAM

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) launched the LAND 159 Lethality System (the ‘Lethality Program’) in 2017 to modernise a range of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Small Arms and Direct Fire Support Weapons. The Program includes seven Capability Streams: ADF Sniper System, ADF Close Combat System, ADF Close Combatant Assault Rifle, Family of Machine Guns, Direct Fire Support Weapon/Family of Grenades, Munitions and Emergent Weapons Technology.

Over the course of the Lethality Program, the CoA raised a Request for Information (RFI) in November 2017 through which it sought a Program Concept Statement to understand Industry’s ability to generate the capability outcomes for the Lethality Program under strategic and innovative arrangements. NIOA responded to the RFI with a detailed Concept Statement and Project Considerations for capability delivery.

In January 2019, the CoA released a Lethality Program Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit from Industry Supplier Engagement Models to deliver the Program, and provide cost data on capability solutions to inform Gate 1 Capability Considerations. NIOA responded to the RFP as Managing Contractor with detailed capability solutions and system pricing. In June 2019, NIOA was down-selected as one of three Industry Partners to potentially deliver the Lethality Program.

NIOA submitted a comprehensive response to the CoA’s Limited Request for Tender (LRFT) on 12 March 2020, which resulted in the CoA appointing NIOA as the Prime Contractor for delivering the first stage of Tranche 1.

NIOA'S ROLE AS PRIME CONTRACTOR

In collaboration with the Commonwealth, NIOA as Prime Contractor will:

  • Approach the market on behalf of the Commonwealth to identify and evaluate Sniper and Close Combat weapon systems and provide acquisition and support recommendations to Defence.
  • Produce high confidence cost data to support Government consideration of Tranche 1 acquisitions at Gate 2.

COMMONWEALTH TIMELINE

The indicative Lethality Systems Program time line highlights the distinct milestones as depicted below:

MORE INFORMATION

More information on the solicitation process for Tranche 1 Mission and Support Systems will be provided at a joint Commonwealth-NIOA Industry Briefing in the near future. This site will be updated regularly as more information is available. The Lethality Systems Program can be contacted at: land159@nioa.com.au.