Boeing to Open Final Assembly Facility in Australia

(21 Sep 2021)
Boeing, in partnership with the Queensland
Government, has selected Toowoomba as the preferred site for the
company’s first aircraft assembly facility of its kind outside of
North America.

Boeing Australia will establish the facility in
the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct at Wellcamp Airport to
produce and assemble the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (also
known as Loyal Wingman), the first military combat aircraft
designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in half a
century.

The
RAAF’s Loyal Wingman completed its first test flight in late
February 2021.

The project delivers on the vision of the
Queensland Defence Industries 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan,
which aims to significantly increase efence revenue and generate
3,500 new full-time jobs by 2028.

Treasurer and Minister for Investment, Cameron
Dick, said, “This announcement follows our success with
Australia’s first commercial drone flight testing facility at
Cloncurry Airport last December, of which Boeing was a first user.
It’s the result of an arrangement our government entered into with
Boeing Australia last year to support the establishment of the
primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman here
in Queensland, subject to defence orders. It’s expected the
project could generate up to $1 billion dollars for Queensland’s
economy over 10 years, with more than just defence industries to
benefit.”

The uncrewed aircraft is designed to operate as a
team, using artificial intelligence to extend the capabilities of
crewed and uncrewed platforms.

“We are confident in the future production outlook
for this world-class, innovative aircraft,” said Boeing Defence Australia Vice President and
Managing Director, Scott Carpendale.
“We’re thinking long-term about this investment, which could
assist Australia to gain future work share in other global defence
and aerospace opportunities, in addition to the Loyal Wingman
assembly. The Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct location is
attractive due to its access to a flight line, clear flying days,
commercial flight access from major cities and ability to support
the rapid pace at which the Airpower Teaming System program is
growing. Sustainable aerospace is a critical focus for Boeing, and
Wagner Corporation’s use of sustainable construction methods
supports our vision to create a leading sustainable aerospace
manufacturing facility from the ground up, including renewable
technologies and human-centric design.”

Boeing Australia is currently developing six
aircraft in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF), with flight testing ongoing.

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