STELaRLab (Science Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory) is our national research and development operations centre for our current research portfolio in Australia.

  • It is our nerve centre of international exploration and collaboration, focused on game-changing innovation and breakthrough performance in diverse fields like energy and climate, healthcare, advanced materials, and nanotechnology.
  • It allows Australia’s finest minds and academic institutions to access a truly global leading-edge R&D capability.
  • It is the first world-class multi-disciplinary R&D facility to be established by Lockheed Martin outside of the United States.  

Why Australia?

5th Generation C4ISR

STELaRLab is a strategic investment by Lockheed Martin in Australia’s future research and development program.

Australia's widely acknowledged research excellence was a key factor in the selection of Australia as the location of Lockheed Martin's first R&D facility outside the US. 

Lockheed Martin is joining partner universities to support PhD projects via industry top ups to the Australian Post Graduate award program.



Our Other Labs


STELaRLab is an integral part of the Lockheed Martin R&D ecosystem, and as such will be able to draw on an unparalleled heritage of innovation.

Lockheed Martin laboratories operate on the frontline of applied research and development, and are responsible for many advanced technology breakthroughs like the fifth generation capabilities of the F-35.

Some of Lockheed Martin’s existing R&D capabilities include:

Systems Integration

What We Do


Researchers will work together on projects of business interest to Lockheed Martin, as well as R&D that will be funded by the Australian Government through grants, PhD sponsorships, advanced R&D contracts, and other programs such as the New Technology Fund.

Lockheed Martin employees and hand-selected PhD candidates from various Australian Universities will perform the research at STELaR Lab.

Over the first three years of STELaR Lab operation we will hire more than 20 researchers. Researchers will explore several fields, including:

We anticipate the number of employee researchers will grow significantly as future projects are defined. We will also establish industry relationships with selected PhD candidates who are performing research in areas of interest to Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Australia has established an annual pool of PhD top-ups to encourage the brightest talent to study relevant programs with Lockheed Martin while being supervised by some of the best academics and research institutions in the world. 




Dr. Tony Lindsay is one of Australia’s preeminent defence scientists, with a distinguished career in research spanning more than 30 years, including a period as Defence’s top science diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

He is the former Chief of the National Security and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division within the Department of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

Tony is recognised internationally for his leadership and achievements in electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

As the inaugural Director, Tony will be responsible for establishing STELaR Lab, with management oversight of R&D programs.