Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, opened Boeing Defence Australia’s $7.5 million world-class Assembly and Test Facility at Wacol in Brisbane – a major investment in Queensland’s burgeoning defence industry.
The facility is for the assembly and testing of the new Integrated Battlefield Telecommunications Network (I-BTN) that Boeing is designing and producing in Australia.
Boeing is carrying out the work under its $700 million contract with Australian Department of Defence for LAND 2072 Phase 2B – Project CURRAWONG. Land 2072 Phase 2B will enhance and modernise land force communications by replacing existing ADF deployable communication information systems. It will replace and enhance the existing Battlespace Telecommunications Network (BTN) with I-BTN.
“This facility is a further demonstration that major companies are seeing the opportunities and making significant investments in Australia’s defence industry,” Minister Price said.
“It’s also further proof the Morrison Government’s record $200 billion investment in defence capability is creating the right conditions for job creation in this important sector. I congratulate Defence and Boeing for delivering world leading technology that is agile in meeting warfighting requirements, ahead of schedule. I’m encouraged to see Boeing employ 210 people here in Brisbane and work with more than 200 small businesses in the production and supply of components.”