Leveraging international expertise, the submarine combat system laboratory in South Australia will create a collaborative environment where the best minds from industry, academia and government can come together, the company stated.
Lockheed Martin is collaborating with Saab Australia and Thales Australia on this initiative, with workshops expected to commence in January. Other collaboration partners such as Acacia Research and L-3 Oceania are early laboratory participants.
The laboratory is set to provide state-of-the-art equipment in a simulated operational environment, together with known and proven technologies, to test and validate the Royal Australian Navy’s concept of operations.
Defence launched a limited tender process involving Lockheed Martin Australia and Raytheon Australia to choose a combat system integrator for the Future Submarine program on November 12.
“The combat system is essentially the eyes, ears and sword of the submarine, and the tactical effectiveness of Australia’s Future Submarine capability will depend on a fully integrated suite of the best technologies from Australia and around the world,” said Raydon Gates, chief executive for Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand.
“Lockheed Martin’s ability to seamlessly integrate the best sensors, sonar, radar, navigation and imagery systems and weapons will give Australia’s Future Submarine the strategic advantage it needs to protect our nation. It is critical we get this right for Australia, which is why we have already invested more than $3 million in establishing the laboratory, and engaging with the best minds across industry, academia and government.”
The company stated that the laboratory will benefit the South Australian economy and community through the early provision of important technical transfers and the up-skilling required in the initial stages of customer and partner collaboration.
Industry Minister Christopher Pyne welcomed the opening of Lockheed Martin’s submarine combat system laboratory in Adelaide as a great example of industry collaborating to create a hub of innovation and skills development.
“This collaboration between research and industry will foster cutting-edge technological advancement and the creation of a highly skilled local workforce that will steer Australia towards a prosperous future,” said the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, who attended the opening.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Pyne are preparing for the launch in December of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
“Industry and innovation policy is central to the government’s economic agenda; we are focusing on increasing Australia’s international competitiveness by helping businesses to increase the commercial returns from Australia’s investment in science, research and innovation,” Minister Pyne said.
“I think we have come up with a terrific package, and we will keep on working on it right up until its launch to ensure it hits the mark. When it is released it will be an opportunity to turbocharge this part of the economy, and I am very excited to be the minister responsible for it.
“This [Lockheed Martin Australia] laboratory is an example of what can be achieved when the focus is on innovation, and it has been great to be part of the opening here today.”