National Aboriginal Construction Partners (NACP) Projects has been awarded the head contract to build a $23.9 million assembly and maintenance facility in NSW for the Nulka Missile Assembly and Maintenance facilities, at the Defence Establishment Orchard Hills.
“The construction workforce will be about 50 to 80 workers on-site every day, with an estimated 200 workers being involved on the project over the 10-month construction period," Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said. “NACP Projects is committed to achieving 95 per cent local industry participation for the supply of goods and services for the project."
The project will support the production, maintenance, sustainment and export of the Nulka decoy missile system.
“The Nulka decoy missile is the world’s most sophisticated electronic defence system for the protection of warships against anti-ship missiles,” Minister Price said. “The system is currently deployed on more than 150 Australian, US and Canadian warships, making it one of Australia’s most successful export stories.”
“The project will provide administration, assembly, maintenance and storage facilities to support the Nulka decoy missile.”
'Nulka' is of Australian Aboriginal origin, meaning ‘be quick’.
Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said it highlighted the significant connection between the project, local indigenous companies and the delivery of defence capability.
NACP Projects was procured under the Indigenous Procurement Policy.
Work on the project will start in April and is expected to finish in early 2022.