Boeing, the largest US manufacturer and exporter of aircraft will be building their first military drone in Australia.
The plant will be built in southern Queensland at the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct near Toowoomba. Navy drones will be made rather than business jets, which is Boeing’s major industry.
The Loyal Wingman drone was designed by Boeing’s Australia operations team and will be constructed in the country.
By 2028, the factory is expected to add 3,500 full-time positions. The drone’s only confirmed customer is the Australian Air Force, but Boeing intends to sell it to additional military customers worldwide.
It will be the first time Boeing establishes a manufacturing facility outside of North America.
According to defense specialist, Dr. Malcolm Davis of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the announcement is expected to enrage China.
“Obviously, China won’t like it, but they won’t like anything we announce,” he said.
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