AusBN – Thales Australia has secured a A$100 million contract for the construction of a small arms manufacturing facility in Lithgow.
The facility will manufacture F-88 rifles, which will used by the Australian Defence Force
A further 10 jobs are now expected to be provided by the facility.
Secretary Tim Ayres said: "You would have to think that some of the manufacturing, maintenance and engineering skills coming out of the mining and electricity sectors would be of real value to Thales.
"It depends on the precise skills that they are looking for, but I'm certain that there'll be job opportunities for people in Lithgow.
"We've got to make sure that Thales keeps working with the local community to deliver local jobs."