Who We Are
Lockheed Martin's involvement with, and support for Australia began in the 1930s, when legendary aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith acquired a Lockheed Altair ‘Lady Southern Cross’ and made the first trans-Pacific flight from Australia to the USA.
With the onset of World War 2 in 1939, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) began flying the legendary 'Hudson' bomber and over the course of the war took delivery of 247 Hudsons.
The Australian Government acquired 24 P2 'Neptune' aircraft in the 1950s for maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare roles. The Neptunes were subsequently replaced by the Lockheed P-3 Orion in the 1960s and 70s, which have formed the backbone of the RAAF maritime patrol capability since that time.
In 1958, the RAAF became the first international customer for Lockheed Martin's C-130A ‘Hercules’ tactical transport aircraft and has subsequently complemented and re-equipped with C-130E, C-130H and C-130J variants of the Hercules aircraft, collectively achieving over 1,000,000 hours of service to the RAAF.
Over the ensuing decades, this founding relationship in the aeronautics domain has grown into an extensive partnership with the Australian Department of Defence, national security agencies and local industry spanning the air, land, maritime, information technology, and space domains. Lockheed Martin has also expanded in civil business areas, such as information technology, transport & logistics and energy.
The RAAF today operates 12 C-130Js, and the Australian Government has selected the F-35A 'Lightning II' multi-role fighter to replace the current Hornet fighter fleet. An initial tranche of 72 aircraft is to be acquired under project AIR 6000, with up to 100 of the unique fifth generation fighters to be ordered over the next decade.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will soon launch its first 'Hobart'-class air warfare destroyers (project SEA 4000). These ships will be equipped with the Lockheed Martin designed AEGIS combat system - the world's premier proven naval area defence system which already operates with multiple allied navies.
Through the wholly-owned Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA), an enviable record of successful program execution and delivery of innovative capability has been established, all focused on satisfying the most difficult needs of its Australian customers.
A case in point is the innovative Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), which since 2003 has provided a unique vehicle for long range surveillance and national border protection. Local development and progressive enhancement of the system has established Australia as a world leader in long range radar and surveillance technology. Continual innovation by Lockheed Martin staff has provided long-term savings under the Strategic Reform Program, while sustaining a skilled workforce to progress the next round of system upgrades.
Lockheed Martin capabilities in advanced radar, communications and systems integration have been further applied to devise a state-of-the-art Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) for the Australian Rail Track Corporation. This advanced technology promises substantial productivity improvements and associated cost reductions in train system management, thus helping to position Australia at the forefront of rail technology innovation worldwide.
Looking to the future, LMA is now working to apply its engineering capabilities, along with other leading edge technologies, to Australia’s next generation of undersea and surface ships. Projects in focus include: the Future Submarine (project SEA 1000) – set to replace the existing ‘Collins’-class boats after 2025; while platform, sensor and combat system options drawn from our AEGIS family and Littoral Combat Ship are relevant to the Offshore Patrol Vessel (project SEA 1180), replacement ‘Anzac’-class frigate (project SEA 5000), and fleet replenishment (project SEA 1654) fleets.
Lockheed Martin is also an acknowledged leader in the delivery of world class simulation and training systems. Focusing on fixed wing pilot and aircraft maintainer training through to automated ship control systems, LMA recognises that one size does not fit all, and we are working to provide scalable and tailored solutions to meet Australia’s current and future simulation and training needs. 'Team 21' - Lockheed Martin Australia, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific was selected as the successful tenderer for the ADF’s future Pilot Training System (project AIR 5428), which draws off our several years of successful provision of the Basic Wings Course solution for the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
LMA could not have achieved its growth in Australia without the firm commitment of its local partners. Through mentoring under the early development stages of the F-35 program, a number of Australian-owned companies have now won significant contracts building components for the aircraft worth in excess of US$450 million. Moving forward as the F-35 program heads into full rate production, up to US$6 billion of additional contract opportunities will become available to local industry.
To further extend its local partnership base, LMA signed a Global Supply Chain Deed with the Commonwealth of Australia, which extends existing (and new) relationships with local enterprises into global component and sub-system supply chain opportunities for future contracts won in Australia. We have opened an Australian Office of Industrial Participation to leverage GSC opportunities for local industry related to a much broader range of military contracts.
From those modest beginnings in the late-1950s, LMA has grown to over 1000 staff currently engaged throughout Australia - from Queensland to Western Australia and many points in between. Across the 'ditch', over 200 Lockheed Martin staff also support the New Zealand Defence Force under the project ‘Alexander’ logistics contract. By combining skilled staff with an experienced management team, and through a customer oriented contracting approach that offers real value-for-money solutions, Lockheed Martin aims to continue to grow and establish itself as a major presence in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
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