Lithgow Arms has its sights set on new technologies, launching an innovation shed on Wednesday, May 2. 

It was officially opened by Nationals Deputy Leader Senator Bridget McKenzie and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee.

The arms factory, owned by international defence tech company Thales, has been buoyed by the release of the Federal Government’s Defence Industrial Capability Plan on April 23, which specifically included small arms design and production as a priority. 

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“We had 180 workers that went home very happy after that announcement,” Lithgow Arms Vice President Land Australia and New Zealand Kevin Wall told the Senator at the launch. 

Director of integrated weapons and sensors in Thales Australia’s armaments business Graham Evenden said the innovation hub would exist separate to the design team of Lithgow Arms, looking at least five years into the future.

“It will be looking way beyond today’s products, focusing on technologies rather than products,” he said.  

The shed, built on the factory grounds, is an open, separate space featuring tools including virtual reality simulator and a 3D printer, which allow designers to test and experiment with new technologies. 

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Extract from Lithgow Mercury News