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Leading defence contractor HENSOLDT Australia has established a new office within the Newcastle Airport aviation precinct, directly adjacent to RAAF Base Williamtown and Australia’s premier aerospace precinct, Astra Aerolab. 

Housing two permanent staff members and a team of 10 contractors, the new office is ideally positioned to enable HENSOLDT Australia to support local projects at RAAF Base Williamtown.

As a market leader in sensor solutions for the defence and security industries, HENSOLDT have had a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific Australia as an innovator of advanced sensor technology at every step of the value chain.

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said HENSOLDT’s addition to the airport precinct is a welcome addition.  

“Globally HENSOLDT have an extensive history spanning over 150 years, where innovation, excellence and entrepreneurship propelled them to the enviable position they’re in now – with offices located across the globe including one here at Newcastle Airport.

“We are proud to be home to a vibrant defence industry ecosystem, so we’re pleased to welcome HENSOLDT Australia as one of our newest tenants. We celebrate their ongoing commitment to building local capability by drawing on their extensive experience delivering to the defence industry,” he said.

“Newcastle Airport is committed to being the airport our region deserves. Welcoming HENSHOLDT to our precinct is an important part of our growth that is enabling us to continue to deliver on our promise to our community.”

Doug Cross, Programme Director – Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance System (FDATCSS) from HENSOLDT said the decision to move to Newcastle Airport was an easy one.

“HENSOLDT is committed to the success of our Defence contracts and being co-located with our Defence customers at Williamtown allows for regular close communication and interaction and maximises our chance of success,” he said.

Astra Aerolab is a world-leading aerospace and defence precinct and is part of Newcastle Airport’s continued growth. It is purpose build to meet the needs of the Defence industry and their people. BAE Systems Australia have signed a pre-commitment for up to 4.4 hectares of land and the first office and industrial facility are in design. 

CEO Dr Peter Cock said Newcastle Airport was in tune with the needs of Defence.

“With a strong focus from Defence on increasing sovereign capability and particularly Australian Industry Content, connectivity to teams working on defence projects across Australia remains a focus for many defence contractors.   

“We offer an uplifting place to do business and a range of property solutions. Facilities are just minutes from our terminal with direct connection to all eastern capital cities and key Australian defence locations including Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. This makes us a key enabler in connecting Defence Primes and SME’s across Australia, with stress-free transit available through our terminal,” said CEO Peter Cock.  

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