Boeing [NYSE: BA], is expanding its defence presence in South Australia, with Boeing Defence Australia today signing a partnership agreement with the South Australian Government
6th Apr 2017
Boeing Grows Defence Presence in South Australia
ADELAIDE, South Australia, Apr. 6, 2017– Boeing [NYSE: BA], is expanding its defence presence in South Australia, with Boeing Defence Australia today signing a partnership agreement with the South Australian Government to open a new office in Adelaide’s CBD.
Boeing Defence Australia’s growth in South Australia builds on support programs currently operating in the state including for the E-7A Wedgetail, P-8A Poseidon and Collins Class submarine.
Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director Darren Edwards said the new office will encompass research, development and innovation programs spanning C3I, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and advanced experimentation and prototyping.
“Boeing Defence Australia is committed to building local capability in South Australia. One way we are doing this is by investing $500,000 over five years in the Techstars Adelaide global accelerator program to support South Australia’s entrepreneurial start-ups,” said Edwards.
“We also know that partnerships with higher education institutions are critical for preparing today’s students with tomorrow’s skills for defence industry capability and advancing innovation. To that end, this year we have invested $7,000 with the 2017 Defence Honours Scholarship Program and look forward to expanding our education partnerships with South Australian universities.
“We greatly appreciate the partnership with South Australia that made this office opening a reality.”
Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Jay Weatherill, said companies such as Boeing Defence Australia are an exciting part of the state’s future.
“South Australia will become a strategic hub for Boeing Defence Australia, creating around 250 new highly skilled technical and advanced research positions.
“These skilled roles will offer significant sustainable employment opportunities to young South Australian graduates, with the added benefit of creating jobs with defence contractors and significant numbers of indirect jobs.”
Boeing’s new office will be officially opened by Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon. Christopher Pyne on 12 April 2017.
Boeing Defence Australia is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise. With a world-class team of more than 2,000 employees at 14 locations throughout Australia and three international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defence projects in Australia.