Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has officially opened defence technology company Lockheed Martin Australia’s new corporate headquarters in the country.
The new site has been named Lockheed Martin Australia House and is located on the edge of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle.
It is expected to facilitate the company’s corporate and business development functions in the region.
The facility features the latest and advanced Lockheed Martin Endeavour Centre, which is a purpose-built unit that has been specially designed to improve exploration opportunities and support new developments with key partners.
Lockheed Martin International executive vice-president Rick Edwards said: “For more than 70 years, Lockheed Martin has invested in Australia, building long-term capability through our defence, innovation, space and technology programmes.
“This building is symbolic of our continued commitment and enduring aspiration to be Australia’s partner of choice for defence, aerospace, sustainment and technology solutions, as well as a valued and contributing member of the broader Australian community.”
Lockheed currently employs more than 900 staff across every mainland state and territory of the country, while additional 3,200 jobs are supported by the company’s programmes, primarily in advanced manufacturing and high-technology industries.
Lockheed Martin Australia chief executive Vince Di Pietro said: “It is in this spirit of partnership that Lockheed Martin advanced technologies were selected to form the backbone of Australia’s current and future defence capabilities, including next-generation pilot training, combat systems integration, rotary wing systems and sustainment, fifth-generation air-combat capability and over-the-horizon radar capability and surveillance across air, sea, land and space.”