New facility to boost ADF capabilities

Defence and industry collaboration has been showcased again this month with the official opening of Moog Australia’s new $2 million facility called Factory Four in Heatherton, Victoria.

CAPTION: Moog Australia Managing Director, Bryan O’Connor, left, Victorian Defence Industry Advocate John O’Callaghan, centre, and Director General Joint Strike Fighter Air Commodore Damien Keddie, right, at Factory Four in Heatherton, Victoria. Story by Lawrence Dutrieux.

As a Defence-recognised supplier since 2003, Moog is the F-35 Joint Program Office’s preferred F-35 flap actuation and control systems maintenance provider.

Factory Four will enhance Moog Australia’s capability to sustain the Air Force’s growing fleet of fifth-generation F-35A Lighting II aircraft and Army’s Australian light armoured vehicles and M113 armoured personnel carriers.

Director General Joint Strike Fighter Branch Air Commodore Damien Keddie congratulated Moog Australia on its world-class facility.

“Moog Australia’s new facility will enhance its support to the Australian Defence Force across the land, air and sea domains and create 20 industry jobs in its first year,” Air Commodore Keddie said.

“This new facility will stimulate investment in Australian industry capability, creating jobs and offering Australian businesses more opportunities to export overseas.”

Moog Australia Managing Director Bryan O’Connor said the opening was a key milestone for the company’s future-growth strategy.

“We look forward to a bright future and we celebrate our continued growth and expansion in both Australia and the Indo-Pacific region,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The facility is dedicated to the support of the defence and aerospace markets, further developing capabilities to design and manufacture mission critical defence solutions from Australia.”

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