To be located near the federal government’s recently announced second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek, the Northrop Grumman facility will be the anchor tenant for an advanced aerospace and defence industries precinct.
The new centre is slated to support advanced electronics such as communications equipment, electronic warfare equipment and targeting pods.
Northrop Grumman announced on Monday it would help to sustain the advanced capabilities of the Australian Defence Force within Australia by bringing together highly skilled technicians, engineers and other professionals whose work would be further supported by the company’s high-end technology and software expertise.
“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.
“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 programmes.
“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. This is a natural extension to Northrop Grumman’s ongoing investment in Australian industry and local academia.”
Irving said Northrop Grumman was advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related initiatives throughout Australia with an eye toward future workforce needs.
The company’s strategic partnerships include scholarship programmes 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.
And, indigenous and regional education initiatives are supported through activities such as Space Camp and the Northrop Grumman Regional Scholarships to the Australian National University.