Lockheed Martin Australia to open new facility at Mulwala to accelerate the development and production of Australia’s guided weapons capabilities

James Heading, Director of Programs Strategic Capabilities Office for Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Connolly, Thales Australia’s Chief Executive, and Pat Sunderlin, VP of Operations Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin. Image provided
Media Release by Lockheed Martin Australia

Lockheed Martin Australia has announced it will open a new facility in partnership with Thales Australia in Mulwala, NSW.

The Mulwala site is intended to support the Australian Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise in the development and production of various manufacturing activities.

James Heading, Lockheed Martin Australia’s Director of Programs Strategic Capabilities Office for Missiles and Fire Control, welcomed the establishment of the new facility.

“Lockheed Martin Australia and Thales Australia have unique and complementary backgrounds and expertise in the manufacture and delivery of weapons capabilities that together will provide further impetus for the Australian Government’s objective of expanding the national defence industrial and manufacturing capability.

It will bring Australia a step closer to a national guided weapons capability as well as set us up for potential future export of Australian manufactured products.” Mr Heading said.

Thales Australia currently manages the Commonwealth-owned facility at Mulwala and has made a significant investment in state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment at the site.

Thales Australia’s Chief Executive, Jeff Connolly, said, “We are committed to investing in the industrial capability and technology necessary to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Government’s ambition to accelerate the creation of a Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise, boosting skilled jobs and helping secure Australia’s national defence capabilities.”

The Mulwala site is the first co-located presence for Lockheed Martin in Australia. Mr Heading said, “We have also commenced work to identify other potential industrial sites and are positioning to have sustained in-country manufacturing and strong partnerships in place as soon as possible”.

“We have a proud history of successfully developing and delivering world class capabilities to our customers. The opportunity to partner with the team at Thales Australia, the operator of the Government Munitions facility at Mulwala, with a successful track record of delivering ammunition, propellants, explosives and related services has the makings of a great partnership for the future.” Mr Heading said.