Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) will spend $8 million on a new Asia Pacific ICT engineering hub located in Melbourne.
The new project will establish a regional Centre of Excellence for Defence to help secure commonwealth government and international contracts with a specific focus on South Asia and Middle East. It will create about 150 jobs in the next five years.
LMA chief executive, Raydon Gates, said the company aimed to progressively expand its presence in Australia across its business.
“Our decision to establish our new hub in Melbourne was based on the state’s outstanding educational institutions and availability of skilled talent,” Gates said.
Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said LMA already had a strong presence in Victoria with around 150 people based in two facilities in Melbourne, providing services to the Department of Defence and working in advanced software development.
Seven Victorian-based companies are also delivering components and support for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter program.
Since November 2010, the Victorian government has facilitated more than $1.1 billion in technology-related investment, creating about 5000 new jobs.
Lockheed employs more than 900 people in Australia and New Zealand across various locations, working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.