Northrop Grumman in Australia

Ian Irving Ian Irving, Chief Executive for Australia, Northrop Grumman Corporation
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Who We Are

Northrop Grumman has a strong customer base in Australia and has been supporting a variety of both defence and civil programmes there for more than 20 years. It is a key supplier in the defence, security, information systems, and public safety communications markets providing a range of capabilities and technologies including as a key subcontractor for the Wedgetail AEW&C, F-35 Lightning II, and the FA/18 Super Hornet programmes.

Northrop Grumman continues to expand and strengthen its presence in Australia, through acquisitions and local industry partnerships. In addition to the acquisition of Qantas Defence Services (now Integrated Defence Services, or IDS) in 2014, Northrop Grumman acquired in M5 Network Security in 2012, a Canberra-based provider of cyber security and secure mobile communications to Australian military and intelligence organizations.

Integrated Defence Services

Northrop Grumman Australia's Integrated Defence Services has a long and proud history of supporting Australia's defence forces pre-dating World War II, when it first performed maintenance and modification work on the nation’s military aircraft.

IDS provides a wide range of integrated logistics support for government and military aviation.

The total capabilities encompass all levels of integrated logistics support including engineering, maintenance, modification, repair, in-service monitoring, reliability, planning, purchasing and supply.

Current programs include support for a range of major Australian Defence Force capability systems including the P-3C Orion, the Boeing Business Jet 737-700 IGW, the Challenger CL-604 special purpose aircraft, the Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk helicopter, BAE Hawk 127 Lead in Fighter, the Pilatus PC-9/A training aircraft, and the Airbus Military KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). IDS also supports international military aircraft including the Indonesian Air Force C-130H Hercules air transport aircraft.

IDS operates from two facilities located in New South Wales: at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Richmond, IDS performs depot-level maintenance, repair and modification of C-130H Hercules aircraft including structural and mechanical components; at its dedicated facility in Villawood near Sydney IDS provides maintenance, repair and overhaul of Rolls Royce T56 and Adour gas turbine engines.

IDS also has a presence in Canberra where it supports the RAAF special purpose aircraft and provides conversion and through life support for the KC-30A MRTT aircraft from Hangar 1, Brisbane airport, a facility at Springfield Lakes and the RAAF Air Force Base in Amberley, Queensland.

M5 Network Security

M5 Network Security, a business unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation, provide cybersecurity services to military, government and large corporations. M5 Network Security's cybersecurity services offering is complemented by a thriving product development practice focusing on the Secure Communications System, and a custom analytics software development group supporting cybersecurity outcomes.

M5 Network Security is a member of a range of panels and is involved in a variety of programmes for federal and state governments in Australia, including:

  • Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) Program – Associate Member
  • Defence Industry Security Program – Member certification (GAWN)


Northrop Grumman Australia has its headquarters in the Canberra suburb of Braddon, and employs a number of people across all of the Australian states and territories. Primary locations are in Canberra, RAAF Williamtown and RAAF Richmond.

Northrop Grumman in Australia



Ian Irving is the chief executive for Northrop Grumman in Australia. In this position, he plays a leading role in supporting the company's current programmes, developing strategies for growth and identifying new business opportunities for the company's activities in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Irving has more than 25 years of experience at senior executive levels within the Australian defence and aerospace industry, and joins Northrop Grumman from ALTILUS, a management and professional services consultancy that he established in 2010 serving the government and the defence sector, and where he was managing director.

Prior to that he was vice president, Land Systems, and deputy chief executive officer at Thales Australia, where he held various leadership positions over a period of 12 years. This was preceded by 11 years with Rockwell and Boeing Australia.