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Thales starts construction of new Lithgow weapon facility

11th March 2022 - 02:57 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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New investment will see a modern manufacturing facility built at Lithgow. (Thales Australia)

Thales is expanding its weapons production capacity at Lithgow in Australia.

On 21 February, Thales Australia commenced construction of a new advanced manufacturing and integration hub at its Lithgow Arms facility in New South Wales. A sod-turning ceremony marked the occasion.

The purpose-built production facility, designed to produce next-generation Australian-designed weapons, will integrate new digital technologies such as 3D printing with traditional precision manufacturing processes.

The facility will also possess automated electro-plating and other metal treatments. Additionally, there will be a live-fire test and evaluation range for weapon qualification and integration.

Thales Australia announced an investment of A$6.5 million ($4.8 million) for this project’s first phase. The facility will also house collaboration

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