$50 million investment by Northrop Grumman in Western Sydney
Global defence and aerospace company Northrop Grumman has announced plans for a $A50 million investment in an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre at the Badgerys Creek airport precinct in Western Sydney.
The Centre of Excellence - a key part of Northrop Grumman's commitment to double its workforce in Australia to 1,000 - will support advanced electronics such as communications equipment, electronic warfare equipment and targeting pods.
Northrop Grumman will use the centre to help sustain the advanced capabilities of the Australian Defence Force by bringing together highly skilled technicians, engineers and other professionals supported by the company's high-end technology and software expertise.
"Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to Australia. This investment in a new centre of excellence is the next step in our partnership with the Australian Defence Force, helping to ensure regional security and mission success," said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. "We are excited to enable the Commonwealth to sustain these next-generation capabilities locally."
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian welcomed Northrop Grumman's investment which will boost new jobs in Western Sydney, underscoring the joint Commonwealth and NSW vision to transform the region's economy under the City Deal for the region.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told AAP that the centre would mean "jobs, jobs and more jobs" for Western Sydney and help attract more investment in the region.
"NSW will have the capacity to be a regional centre for what is a fast-growing and much necessary technology," she said alongside the prime minister at Richmond RAAF Base. "It is the start of something really great."
Northrop Grumman's Centre will be the first anchor tenant in a new high-tech defence and aerospace precinct at the Western Sydney Airport, a key deliverable of the City Deal.
The Centre will be in a prime position to service and maintain aircraft and systems, including for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter and MQ-4C Triton. It will reach out to universities and training institutions to create partnerships and train the highly skilled technicians essential for Western Sydney's future job needs.
Northrop Grumman's announcement follows the Turnbull Government's decision to build a new airport at Western Sydney. The $5.3 billion investment in the airport is giving businesses the confidence to invest, expand and create tens of thousands of new jobs in Western Sydney.
All three levels of government are working together with business to secure economic growth and jobs in Western Sydney.
The Commonwealth's Defence White Paper outlines defence programs and acquisitions worth more than $195 billion over the coming decade, and the NSW Government is targeting defence industry growth through its Defence and Industry Strategy (PDF) 11 MB.
Northrop Grumman International President, Dave Perry, welcomed the Commonwealth's investment.
"The Government's strong commitment to grow the defence industry in Australia gave us the confidence to make this significant investment in Western Sydney," he said.
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