Lithgow Small Arms has today announced it will expand its Research and Development team, employing an additional nine engineers.
Federal Member for Calare, and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee, welcomed the announcement which will see more jobs and more investment in the Lithgow community.
“Lithgow has over one hundred years’ experience in small arms manufacturing, making it one of the oldest firearms manufacturing towns in Australia. This experience cannot be beaten,” Mr Gee said.
“That is why it is important that we continue to invest in and support local manufacturers like Lithgow Small Arms to ensure that this experience and capability is not lost.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for Australia to shore up its local production and strengthen supply chains to deliver for the future.
“Australian manufacturing needs to be a key part of our economic recovery and it is important that we continue play to our strengths and invest in science and technology.
“Thales’ move to double its Research and Development team at Lithgow Small Arms is a great example of a company investing in science and technology and tapping into the expertise of industry and academia to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and anticipate future needs.
“Thales’ expansion in Lithgow comes on top of the Australian Government’s announcement earlier this year of the purchase of an additional 8,500 world-class, Enhanced F88 (EF88) rifles manufactured at the Lithgow Small Arms factory, for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
“Lithgow Small Arms has worked in partnership with the ADF since it first began manufacturing rifles in 1912. It is part of the fabric of Lithgow and a key part of our national defence capability.
“This additional investment in research and development will ensure a strong vote of confidence in the future of arms manufacturing in Lithgow, while also supporting local jobs.”