Lockheed Martin Opens New Facility in South Australia

MAWSON LAKES, S.A., November 18th, 2009 -- The Hon. Mike Rann, Premier of South Australia, officially opened the new Lockheed Martin Australia Electronic Systems facility at Mawson Lakes today.

Following Lockheed Martin Australia’s successful acquisition of RLM Group in 2008, its workforce grew to more than 400, making a larger facility necessary. With 200 employees still based in Adelaide, Lockheed Martin Australia Electronic Systems (LMAES) also will retain its original facility at Edinburgh.

After successfully delivering the JORN Over the Horizon Radar to the Australian Government, Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Over The Horizon Systems Program Office and BAE Systems, has continued to provide sustainment for the program and is currently developing enhancements under the JORN Phase 5 program.

Jack Mahoney, General Manager of LMAES, said the Mawson Lakes facility, in conjunction with LMAES facilities in Newcastle, NSW, also would carry out sustainment work on the Australian Defence Force’s Tactical Air Defence Radar Systems, one of which has recently completed a successful deployment in Afghanistan.

"Going forward," Mahoney added, "employees at this  facility will work with Lockheed Martin colleagues in Victoria and in the U.S. to pursue upcoming programs in Aeronautics, Command and Control, including JORN Phase 6, and Maritime programs, including upgrading the Collins-class submarines and development of the Future Submarine."

At the official opening, Premier Rann also announced that LMAES, in supporting the further growth of the defence industry in SA, had made a $750,000, three-year commitment to the Defence Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC), for a range of services including consulting and task-specific support, education and training courses as well as applied research.

Lockheed Martin Australia Ltd (LMAL), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE:LMT], is headquartered in Canberra and is a leader in systems integration on major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. LMAL employs more than 440 people at sites across Australia.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of US$42.7 billion.