Western Sydney Airport to host defence centre of excellence

Global security company Northrop Grumman has announced a $50 million investment to develop an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre located in Western Sydney.

Global security company Northrop Grumman has announced a $50 million investment to develop an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre located in Western Sydney.

The centre will ultimately be located at the future Western Sydney Airport, where the company will be the anchor tenant for an advanced aerospace and defence industries precinct. It will be in a prime position to service and maintain aircraft and systems, including for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter and MQ-4C Triton.

“Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to Australia,” said Northrop Grumman Australia chief executive Ian Irving. “This investment in a new centre of excellence is the next step in our partnership with the Australian Defence Force [ADF], helping to ensure regional security and mission success.”

The centre will support advanced electronics such as communications equipment, electronic warfare equipment and targeting pods. Northrop Grumman will help to sustain the advanced capabilities of the ADF in country by bringing together highly skilled technicians, engineers and other professionals whose work will be further supported by the company’s high-end technology and software expertise.

“Northrop Grumman’s solid understanding of the maintenance and sustainment needs of the ADF is a result of decades of logistics know-how and successful partnerships on multiple programs,” Irving said.

“Our extensive engineering and systems design capabilities uniquely position us to provide a comprehensive, full lifecycle approach to manned and autonomous platform and system management for the country.”

The company has a number of strategic partnerships including scholarship programs with Dickson College, Sydney University and the American Australian Association, as well as collaborative research with the Australian Defence Force Academy/University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide. Northrop Grumman also supports indigenous and regional education initiatives through activities such as Space Camp and the Northrop Grumman Regional Scholarships to the Australian National University.

[Northrop Grumman International President Dave Perry (centre) flanked by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Northrop Grumman]

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