Northrop Grumman has opened a new laboratory called Parallax Labs in Canberra, Australia, to demonstrate its capabilities with defence industry partners.

The opening of the $14.2m (A$20m) laboratory was overseen by company officials, including the Australian Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price.

Parallax Labs will operate as a systems integration, advanced mission visualisation and demonstration facility.

Northrop Grumman Asia Pacific general manager Christine Zeitz said: “We are committed to developing and investing in sovereign Australian capability.

“Parallax Labs represents a critical component of how Northrop Grumman Australia can support projects with complex system architectures and highly integrated technologies.

“Importantly, it also serves to facilitate the transfer of technology and the development of Australian critical technology skills that will benefit Australia’s defence industry now and into the future.”

The facility will feature distributed systems and software development, along with integration and testing environments. It will also have mission visualisation and demonstration capabilities.

According to the company, Parallax Labs’ large-area displays and reconfigurable technologies will enable stakeholders to visualise and evaluate different technology and solutions approaches.

The facility also offers a distributed environment to facilitate the addition of new capabilities and locations in Australia and overseas.

Headquartered in the US, Northrop Grumman delivers technology and solutions for the space, aeronautics, defence and cyberspace sectors.

Last month, the company reported a 4% drop in sales during the third quarter of 2021 due to supply chain challenges. Sales fell from $9.1bn in the third quarter of 2020 to $8.7bn in the third quarter of 2021.