Boeing to build Loyal Wingman line in Qld
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- Published: 28 September 2021
Boeing Australia will establish the facility at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport precinct to produce and assemble the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, also known as the Loyal Wingman, subject to Defence orders.
Wagner Corporation expect the facility build will support around 300 construction jobs, with at least 70 high-skilled advanced manufacturing jobs to be created once the facility is operational.
The company says Boeing Australia will be the foundation tenant for a new Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct.
“With governments and the private sector in Australia and internationally making massive investment in aerospace, advanced manufacturing and defence capabilities, the timing is absolutely right for us to develop a precinct of this calibre so that investment can be made right here in Queensland at Wellcamp,” chairman John Wagner said.
The Loyal Wingman aircraft made its first flight in February 2021 and is the first military combat aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in half a century.
Boeing Defence Australia vice-president and managing director Scott Carpendale said the selection of Wellcamp Airport as Boeing’s preferred location for Loyal Wingman assembly was indicative of the company’s global focus and support for Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities, supply chain and export opportunities.
“We are confident in the future production outlook for this world-class, innovative aircraft,” Mr Carpendale said.
“We’re thinking long-term about this investment, which could assist Australia to gain future work share in other global defence and aerospace opportunities, in addition to the Loyal Wingman assembly.
“The Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct location is attractive due to its access to a flight line, clear flying days, commercial flight access from major cities and ability to support the rapid pace at which the Airpower Teaming System program is growing.”
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said Boeing’s decision reinforced the strength of Queensland’s almost 25-year relationship with the aviation company.
“This announcement follows our success with Australia’s first commercial drone flight testing facility at Cloncurry Airport last December, of which Boeing was a first user,” Mr Dick said.
“It’s the result of an arrangement our government entered into with Boeing Australia last year to support the establishment of the primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman here in Queensland, subject to defence orders.
“It’s expected the project could generate up to $1 billion dollars for Queensland’s economy over 10 years, with more than just defence industries to benefit."