Thales Australia to develop Lithgow Arms facility
Thales Australia has unveiled plans to develop its Lithgow Arms facility in NSW, Australia, to develop and manufacture Australian Defence Force (ADF) next-generation soldier weapons systems.
The company will work with the NSW government on this project.
Soldier weapons systems of the future will integrate both traditional manufacturing and digital technologies, including 3D printing, advanced optical and targeting equipment and digitally networked communications.
The precinct will also integrate trade and research institutions, SME partners and key industrial partners to create soldier systems and small arms.
Chris Jenkins, CEO, Thales Australia, said: ‘Thales Australia is seeking to build on [its] distinguished heritage to create the Sovereign Industrial Capability Precinct in Lithgow. This precinct will position Lithgow at the forefront of more than $2 billion of domestic and significant export opportunities in the next ten years.’
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