Australia will be home to Boeing’s largest
autonomous systems development program outside of the United
States following a new partnership agreement with the Queensland
Over the next three years, the rapid
innovation program will see Boeing develop next-generation
autonomous systems capability in Australia to increase the
independent operation of air and sea vehicles.
Government’s clear vision to invest in cutting-edge industries is
backed by a progressive air space regulator, the state’s
innovation culture and a talented network of local suppliers –
creating an outstanding environment to innovate and experiment
with autonomous vehicles and the systems and sensors that drive
them,” said Shane Arnott, director, Boeing’s Phantom Works
International business in Australia. “Boeing will work with small-to-medium sized
Queensland businesses to develop transformative ‘brain-on-board’
technology. Our program will complement the work undertaken by the
Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre,
taking research outcomes and developing them into exportable
commercial products for the global autonomous market.”
Boeing’s first Advance Queensland partnership
with the Queensland Government has proven to be a winning formula.
The broad area UAS situational awareness system developed by
Boeing in partnership with Queensland businesses was exported to
the United States in late 2017 and successfully completed its
first flight test in Mississippi on January 2018.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said
the investment would contribute to Queensland’s long-term economic
growth, global commercial opportunities and local job creation.
“There could be no more fitting way to celebrate
the 20th anniversary of Boeing’s partnership with Queensland than
today’s announcement,” the premier said. “The 131 jobs that will come with this
autonomous vehicles program will grow Boeing’s Queensland
workforce – and these are truly jobs of the future. Boeing has a proven track record of working
with innovative Queensland businesses, a relationship that
supports the growth of highly skilled jobs under this new program.
Partnerships like this are only possible because of my
government’s determination to foster new and highly skilled
industries in Queensland – it’s why we have our $513 million
Advance Queensland Initiative, and why last year we launched our