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Global defence industry technology company Northrop Grumman is investing $50 million to develop an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre in Western Sydney.

To be located near the federal government’s recently announced second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek, the Northrop Grumman facility will be the anchor tenant for an advanced aerospace and defence industries precinct.

The new centre is slated to support advanced electronics such as communications equipment, electronic warfare equipment and targeting pods.

Northrop Grumman announced on Monday it would help to sustain the advanced capabilities of the Australian Defence Force within Australia by bringing together highly skilled technicians, engineers and other professionals whose work would be further supported by the company’s high-end technology and software expertise.

Northrop Grumman Australia chief executive Ian Irving said the company was deeply committed to Australia and to "enabling the government to sustain next-generation capabilities locally".

“This investment in a new centre of excellence is the next step in our partnership with the Australian Defence Force, helping to ensure regional security and mission success.

“Northrop Grumman’s solid understanding of the maintenance and sustainment needs of the ADF is a result of decades of logistics know-how and successful partnerships on multiple programmes.

“Our extensive engineering and systems design capabilities uniquely position us to provide a comprehensive, full lifecycle approach to manned and autonomous platform and system management for the country. This is a natural extension to Northrop Grumman’s ongoing investment in Australian industry and local academia.”

Irving said Northrop Grumman was advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related initiatives throughout Australia with an eye toward future workforce needs.

The company’s strategic partnerships include scholarship programmes with Dickson College, Sydney University and the American Australian Association, as well as collaborative research with the Australian Defence Force Academy/University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide.

And, indigenous and regional education initiatives are supported through activities such as Space Camp and the Northrop Grumman Regional Scholarships to the Australian National University.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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