Harris to invest in internal research and development in Florida, US

11 December 2018 (Last Updated December 11th, 2018 17:10)

Harris has revealed plans to invest more than $125m in internal research and development (R&D) activities in the US state of Florida.

Harris has revealed plans to invest more than $125m in internal research and development (R&D) activities in the US state of Florida.

The investment will focus on areas such as electronic warfare, robotics, avionics and smallsats, as well as strengthen partnerships with companies and universities across the region.

With nearly 7,000 employees in Florida, including over 3,300 engineers and scientists, the company expects the investment to create high-paying jobs locally.

The company said that internal research and development activities will be mainly carried out at its central Florida locations. Harris noted that it has about 375 openings in the state, primarily in engineering.

US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said: “As the largest aerospace and defense company headquartered in Florida, Harris Corp plays an integral role in our state.

“With the announcement of this research and development, I’m pleased to see that they are continuing to invest in our state’s aerospace industry and the economy, as well as the future of US national security.”

“Our industry-leading R&D investment is good for our stakeholders and the state, advancing the company’s technical capabilities and bringing high-quality jobs to the area.”

The company has partnership agreements in place with the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and Florida Institute of Technology and several other colleges and universities in the state.

In addition, it works with a number of Florida-based suppliers and spends more than $200m on an annual basis. It also operates the 464,000ft² Harris Technology Center and the 23,000ft² Global Innovation Center in the region.

Harris chairman, president and CEO William M Brown said: “Our industry-leading R&D investment is good for our stakeholders and the state, advancing the company’s technical capabilities and bringing high-quality jobs to the area.

“We strive to advance technology initiatives at all levels by supporting emerging technology today and the workforce of tomorrow.”

In October, Harris and aerospace and defence company L3 Technologies agreed to merge in an all-stock deal.

The new entity called L3 Harris Technologies will be a $33.5bn global defence technology conglomerate.