American defence manufacturing giant Northrop Grumman has announced that it will be one of the first to set up shop at the new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.
Northrop Grumman is to build a $50 million Electronic Sustainment Centre of Excellence. They are the first company to commit to the future advanced aerospace and defence precinct alongside the airport.
The ESCOE will be where they develop advanced defence electronics. It will support communications equipment, electronic warfare equipment and targeting pods. Northrop Grumman will bring together highly skilled technicians, engineers and other professionals.
“Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to Australia,” said 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. We are excited to enable the Commonwealth to sustain these next-generation capabilities locally.”
“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,” said Irving.