The Hunter region is a national leader in Defence support, supply and sustainment, with strong industry capabilities across land, sea and air.

The region is home to the nation’s premier jet fighter base, which has driven the development of a sophisticated aerospace and aviation support network with expertise and credible maturity in advanced manufacturing, state-of-the-art communications and electronics, and smart technologies including high-precision modelling and simulation.

A stronghold of manufacturing and engineering, the Hunter also has a significant capability in ship-building and vessel support and the manufacture of land vehicles and components, as well as a reliable track record of major infrastructure delivery. These capabilities are complemented by an experienced and efficient logistical network.

The region’s defence industry network is spearheaded by a strong presence of prime contractors, including the following:


Many local manufacturing firms have developed strong Defence capability and many more have potential to participate in the sector. Local manufacturers are involved in supporting the equipment and technology needs of all three Defence services, including the Joint Strike Fighter program.

Defence enjoys great support across the Hunter, with industry, government and the community all attuned to the needs of the sector and the benefits of a strong Defence presence in the region. The University of Newcastle, TAFE and high schools share a strong focus on education and training that encourage and support careers in in fields pertinent to Defence.

The Hunter is a Defence Ready region with unparalleled opportunity to support further Defence industry growth.

Video footage credit: Newcastle International Airport, RAAF Base Williamtown, Astra Aerolab, Lockeed Martin, BAE Systems, Varley, Nupress, R&R Murphy, 3ME Technology, AVS, Bohemia Interactive, SiNAB, Port of Newcastle, Civmec, Thales, Birdon Marine, Guardware, Leolabs, The University of Newcastle Australia, Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation | Regional Precincts, Department of Regional NSW.

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