Boeing Defence Australia’s (BDA’s) presence in Australia dates back to 1937 when North American Aviation Inc., now part of Boeing, licenced an Australian company named Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation to build a prototype training aircraft. The prototype was successful and after World War II manufacturing began on additional aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) Facilities.
BDA has grown to become the country's leading defence aerospace enterprise. A wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BD&S), BDA has a team of approximately 1,300 highly skilled people located 13 locations throughout Australia and two international sites delivering some of the largest and most complex programs for the Commonwealth of Australia, the Australian Defence Force and international customers. Key capabilities of the business includes tactical and airlift aircraft, strike fighter sustainment services, integrated logistics support, modeling and simulation capabilities and surveillance and engagement programs.
BDA's success will continue to be driven by its ability to provide customers with the right solutions at the right time and the right cost. To effectively address future evolving requirements for capability-driven solutions, the business is organised into three units, each providing a unique range of through-life service solutions to its customers.
- Information & Operational Services
- Integrated Logistics
- Tactical Derivative Aircraft
Current Boeing products in, or on order for the Australian Defence Force, include:
- Six C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft
- Five CH-47D Chinook helicopters, to be joined by seven CH-47F Chinook replacement helicopters from 2014
- Six Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft
- 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets – 12 conversion to E/A 18 Growler configuration
- 71 F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets including the Hornet Upgrade Phase 2.3 Program
- Vigilare ground-based air defence system
- Modernised High Frequency Communications System
Other Boeing support or support services programs in Australia include:
- Army Aviation Training and Training Support
- Internal/External communications support for Collins Class submarine
Additional programs Boeing is involved in within Australia include:
- Participation in the United States Navy P-8A incremental development program
- Joint participation with the United States Air Force on the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite program. Australia has paid for satellite number six, with access to the entire constellation
- Purchase of a specialised Ultra High Frequency communications payload on Intelsat Ltd's IA-22 satellite built by Boeing.