Lockheed Martin has announced the setting up of an Asia Pacific Information Communications Technology (ICT) engineering hub in Melbourne in partnership with the government of Victoria Thursday.
The capabilities that will be based at the facility will expand existing local skills in cyber security, data management, applications development and larger scale ICT services.
Lockheed Martin IS&GS Vice President for Global Solutions, Anne Mullins, said $8 million will be invested to establish the Asia Pacific ICT engineering hub in a new facility at Clayton, a suburb of Melbourne. “This investment adds to our existing footprint in Dandenong and Glen Waverley, and will accommodate 190 staff primarily servicing ICT systems development”.
The hub will be operated by Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business. The facility will be equipped to provide a full range of regional research and development and program delivery service.
The new engineering hub is expected to generate up to 150 new ICT jobs in Lockheed Martin Australia’s operations in Melbourne, more than doubling its current workforce.
A financial support package from the Victorian Government focused on infrastructure enhancements, training and up-skilling was instrumental in supporting the business case for a Victorian location.
The support package will be used to assist Lockheed Martin deliver to its expanding workforce world class skills in key global technologies in cyber, mobility and big data. “Following the recent signature of an $800 million contract to transform the ICT environment for the Australian Department of Defence, Victorian staff will play a key role in not only advancing that capability, but also providing support for the customer over the next decade,” said Anne Mullins.