Boeing Defence Australia has continued its investments in Australia with the opening yesterday of a defence manufacturing and testing facility in Brisbane.
Defence industry minister Melissa Price opened the $7.5 million assembly and test facility at Wacol, hailing it as evidence major defence companies were investing locally.
The facility is for the assembly and testing of the new Integrated Battlefield Telecommunications Network that Boeing is designing and producing in Australia.
Price said: “I am encouraged to see Boeing employ 210 people here in Brisbane and work with more than 200 small businesses in the production and supply of components.”
Boeing’s investment follows its February announcement, reported in @AuManufacturing news, that it was developing the Loyal Wingman unmanned jet in Australia.
Boeing’s new plant will assemble elements of its Currawong Battlespace Communications System, part of defence’s $700 million LAND 2072 Phase 2B contract.
Boeing achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) on schedule in July.
The core communication network software and hardware, and 39 deployable communication nodes have been delivered so far to defence units.
Since 2014 Boeing has invested over $130 million in local Australian suppliers involved in the programme, including Boeing Defence Australia investment.
Picture: Boeing/Currawong Battlespace Communications System
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