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Construction Begins on New Boeing MQ-28 Production Facility in Queensland, Australia


Construction Begins on New Boeing MQ-28 Production Facility in Queensland, Australia

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Boeing MQ-28 Ghost Bat Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
Boeing MQ-28 Ghost Bat Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle

Construction will begin on Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] new production facility in Toowoomba, Queensland, to support the manufacture of Australia’s first military combat aircraft designed and developed in over 50 years – the MQ-28 Ghost Bat. The 9,000 square-metre facility at the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct is expected to be operational in the next three years. The company’s latest investment in Australia will bring new aerospace skillsets and technologies, such as advanced composites manufacturing and robotics to Queensland. Wagner Corporation will develop and manage construction of the facility at their Toowoomba precinct using sustainable construction methods, and work with Boeing to incorporate renewable technologies and human-centric design.

“Boeing Australia is investing to bring this innovative, uncrewed capability to market in the timeframe that supports our customers’ future needs. The MQ-28 is designed to transform air combat and provide affordable mass for Australia and our allies. We’re partnering with the Queensland Government and Wagner Corporation to build Boeing’s first final assembly facility outside of North America – which is indicative of our global focus and a continued commitment to a sustainable and robust Australian aerospace industry,” said Amy List, managing director, Boeing Defence Australia.

An artist's impression of Boeing's new MQ-28 Production Facility to be constructed in Toowoomba, Queensland.
An artist’s impression of Boeing’s new MQ-28 Production Facility to be constructed in Toowoomba, Queensland.(Photo by Boeing Australia)

The Boeing MQ-28 Ghost Bat, previously known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS), is a Loyal Wingman class stealth, multirole, unmanned combat aerial vehicle in development by Boeing Australia for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The MQ-28 production facility will include aerospace manufacturing capabilities, including carbon fibre composites manufacture, along with advanced robotic assembly for major components, and final assembly and test capabilities. It is designed as a force multiplier aircraft capable of flying alongside crewed aircraft for support as part of an integrated system including space-based capabilities,[4] and performing autonomous missions independently using artificial intelligence.

After more than 97 years, Boeing Australia is the leading aerospace company in the region. Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd., or simply Boeing Australia, is Boeing’s largest subdivision outside the United States. Established in 2002, the company oversees its seven wholly owned subsidiaries, consolidating and co-ordinating Boeing’s businesses and operations in Australia. The company 4,800 employees work across the broadest aerospace portfolio in Australia, including advanced manufacturing, defence, services, and research and development. We have a thriving Australian supply chain supporting our operations, and we’re proud to partner with great organisations that support veterans, STEM and the communities we live and work in.

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