Nowra defence supplier Air Affairs Australia has opened its new headquarters after nearly quadrupling its workforce over the past two years.
Minister for Defence Marise Payne and member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis opened the new site at Albatross Aviation Technology Park last Friday after the local success-story grew its workforce from 35 to 130 people and increased turnover five-fold.
"Air Affairs Australia is a unique Nowra success story, which provides the Australian Defence Force with cutting-edge, specialised aerial target systems as well as a range of other support to ADF training and spares for ADF aircraft," Minister Payne said.
"Using aerial target systems enables the ADF to undertake specialised training effectively and efficiently, using realistic scenarios that ensure our personnel have the skills needed to respond to any threats."
Air Affairs is also supplying specialist Jet Air Support to the Air Force to support fast jet air operations training through mission type scenarios.
Sudmalis said Gilmore is home to a large ADF presence supported by a thriving defence industry, which is creating local jobs and investment.
"The Nowra region is home to two important ADF bases – HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell – and hundreds of Defence personnel and their families," the MP explained.
"Air Affairs Australia is a great example of a Nowra business that is supporting the ADF to deliver the best capability from right here in our back yard while also competing and winning work on the world stage.
"Air Affairs are already exporting their equipment across Asia, from Thailand to South Korea, while also looking to enter new export markets. Regional Australia is critical to supporting our national defence and I’m proud of how our Nowra community supports that important role."