Lockheed Martin Australia House opened by Minister for Defence Industry
Caption: Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP with Rick Edwards, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International (left) and Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive, Vince Di Pietro AM (right) at the official opening of Lockheed Martin Australia House, Canberra. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin Australia
CANBERRA, Australia, February 19, 2018 – Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia, has welcomed the official opening of its new Australian corporate headquarters, Lockheed Martin Australia House, by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP.
Situated on the edge of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, Lockheed Martin Australia House is home to Lockheed Martin’s local corporate and business development functions, and represents a further $12 million investment in Australia. The new facility also houses the state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin Endeavour Centre – a purpose-built facility designed specifically to enhance opportunities for exploration and innovation with key partners.
Lockheed Martin’s Australian operations consist of more than 900 employees across every mainland state and territory, while the company's programs support a further 3,200 Australian jobs predominantly in advanced manufacturing and high technology industries.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Rick Edwards, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International said Lockheed Martin Australia House stood as a testament to the company’s long-term commitment to Australia.
“For more than 70 years, Lockheed Martin has invested in Australia, building long-term capability through our defence, innovation, space and technology programs,” he said. “This building is symbolic of our continued commitment and enduring aspiration to be Australia’s partner of choice for defence, aerospace, sustainment and technology solutions, as well as a valued and contributing member of the broader Australian community.”
Dignitaries from Australia’s Government, defence and research communities attending the official opening of Lockheed Martin Australia House were given the opportunity to tour the headquarters and its impressive facilities and capabilities.
Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive, Vince Di Pietro AM, CSC confirmed every facet of the facility and its technology backbone had been designed to enhance the experience for partners to engage, explore, test, conceptualise and problem solve through innovation and enterprise.
“The jewel in the crown of Lockheed Martin Australia House is the Endeavour Centre - purpose designed for customers, industry and academia to embark on partnerships of discovery and overcome any issues together,” he said. “By harnessing the power of partnership, the Lockheed Martin Australia Endeavour Centre will play a key role in the pursuit of Australia’s future national security challenges and facilitate the development of sovereign capability.”
“It is in this spirit of partnership that Lockheed Martin advanced technologies were selected to form the backbone of Australia’s current and future defence capabilities, including Next Generation Pilot Training, Combat Systems Integration, Rotary Wing Systems and Sustainment, 5th Generation Air Combat Capability and Over the Horizon Radar Capability & Surveillance across air, sea, land and space”, he concluded.
About Lockheed Martin Australia
Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin Australia and its related entities employ more than 800 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence, maritime and civil sector.