Thales Australia announced a $6 million investment in advanced manufacturing equipment at the Commonwealth owned Mulwala facility in regional New South Wales1, to accelerate sovereign guided weapons manufacturing capability.
Thales’s investment in new large-scale preparation and mixing equipment will enable a 500% increase in the size of rocket motors able to be manufactured at Mulwala, supporting production of advanced guided weapons and hypersonic weapons.
It represents a scaling up of Australia’s guided weapons manufacturing capability to produce large rocket motors essential for advanced guided missiles. The new equipment will enable the manufacture of more than 90% of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)’s current strategic rocket propulsion inventory and delivering the capability to manufacture future guided and hypersonic weapon systems.
Thales Australia is the nation’s largest manufacturer of munitions, propellant and military explosives and manages the government owned contractor operated (GOCO) sites in Benalla, Victoria and Mulwala, New South Wales.