Lockheed Martin to launch Melbourne R&D lab

Lockheed Martin’s first research centre outside of US

Lockheed Martin Australia New Zealand CEO Raydon Gates and Dr Keoki Jackson, the company's CTO. Image: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Australia New Zealand CEO Raydon Gates and Dr Keoki Jackson, the company's CTO. Image: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin will open what it describes as its “first leading edge multi-disciplinary facility” outside of the US.

The company said today it spend an initial $13 million over three years on the ‘Science Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory’ (STELaR Lab), which will be located in Melbourne.

Lockheed Martin said that research at the facility would cover hypersonics, autonomy, robotics and command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The lab will be located the University of Melbourne and commence operations by December.

“The decision to establish a multi-disciplinary R&D facility in Australia was partly based on Lockheed Martin’s own track record of research and development success with Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and Australian universities over the last 20 years,” said Dr Keoki Jackson, the company’s CTO.

“The university has made no secret of its desire to both deepen and broaden its engagement with industry to have high impact and work together to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems,” said deputy vice-chancellor (research), Professor James McCluskey, in a statement.

The new R&D centre is a product of collaboration between Lockheed Martin, the Defence Science Institute and the University of Melbourne.

The launch of the facility has been coordinated through the DSI, which was launched in 2010 and has received funding from the state government, the federal government’s Defence Science and Technology Group as well as the university.

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