Aerospace and defence

Aerospace and defence

Western Sydney is already attracting world-leading aerospace and defence industries (ADI) organisations. Investors will be establishing themselves in a region with links to new and existing ADI investments and facilities.

This greenfield opportunity allows businesses to design and build their facilities to their specifications and futureproof their operations to deliver their long-term business needs.

The Australian and New South Wales governments will work with industry to foster a sustainable cluster of industry, research and development (R&D) and educational ADI activities that will:

  • integrate and drive collaboration between industry, education and research
  • create opportunities for start-ups and small to medium enterprises to leverage university R&D facilities and incubate their cutting-edge ideas
  • focus on building and accessing global supply chains within the aerospace, space and defence industries sectors
  • integrate world-class STEM educational opportunities with highly attractive career options within the precincts
  • help improve the broader social amenity of the Western Parkland City by creating a distinctive, differentiated and attractive work environment
  • build a distinctive identity that complements and offers synergies with other New South Wales and interstate ADI precincts
  • form a key part of a greater Sydney ADI network
  • draw from a supply chain flowing across the Western Parkland City.

Aerospace and defenceThe precincts will provide the opportunity for investment in key ADI capability streams, which align with the needs of major customers including the Department of Defence and prime contractors. These streams include:

  • electronic systems development and sustainment
  • information analytics
  • communications technology
  • cybersecurity
  • advanced electronics
  • simulation and training
  • advanced component design and manufacturing.

The precincts will also provide opportunities for expansion into additional industry sectors. The precincts will build on the strength of local ADI supply chains, with the ability to undertake complementary business with existing ADI hubs across New South Wales and Australia.

The Western Parkland City aerospace and defence industry community is growing

  • Thales Australia employs more than 500 people in Rydalmere (25 kilometres east of the Airport), where it develops sonar systems for submarines and surface warships.
  • Royal Australian Air Force facilities at Richmond (25 kilometres north of the Airport) and Glenbrook (16 kilometres north-west of the Airport), and Holsworthy Army Barracks (27 kilometres south-east of the Airport) provide a defence presence in close proximity to the Aerotropolis.
  • Northrop Grumman, a major US defence contractor, has committed to invest A$50 million in a site within the aerospace and defence industries precincts.