Work has begun on a $6.5 million transformation of the Lithgow Arms facility in New South Wales by Thales Australia.
The building upgrade will establish a modern manufacturing and integration hub for the design, development and precision manufacture of next generation weapons systems for the Australian Defence Force, industrial partners and export customers. Thales Australia is the parent company for Lithgow and has invested around $70 million into the business for upgrades and expansion over the past 10 years.
The new development will increase the world-leading precision-manufacturing capability of Lithgow Arms to also support new sovereign manufacturing partnerships for strategic ADF programs including a recently announced partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Australia.
The commencement of the facility upgrade follows news last month that Lithgow Arms has expanded its partnership with Fuller Global and Outdoor Sporting Agencies (OSA) to triple its export markets in the next two years and create around 40-50 new jobs in regional NSW.
View the latest Thales Australia update for more information.