Boeing and the Queensland government have announced a partnership that sees the Sunshine State become the home of Boeing’s production facility for unmanned defence aircraft.
Boeing said the facility would build the company’s Airpower Teaming System, and it would be the first time a Boeing military aircraft has been designed and developed outside of the US. The pair also claimed that it would be the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered, and manufactured in Australia in over 50 years.
“Our investment in this advanced manufacturing project will provide critical skills for suppliers, academia, and Boeing, and culminate in Queensland becoming the primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, conditional on orders,” Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement.
“Supporting this project is a significant investment in the Queensland defence and manufacturing industries and will strengthen ties between Australia and the global defence