Lockheed Martin combat system integrator for Australia's submarines
Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced that in a joint media release.
"Lockheed Martin Australia will be our Combat System Integrator to partner with Defence and DCNS (of France) to design and integrate the combat system of our Future Submarine, which meets our unique capability requirements," Payne said.
She called it an important step in developing Australia's regionally superior future submarines.
"By partnering with an Australian-based company with strong links to the United States we will ensure that we get the best Australian and US technology, while ensuring that our sensitive technology is protected."
Pyne said Lockheed Martin Australia intends to team with other Australian companies to provide the local engineering capacity needed to support the program.
"Lockheed Martin Australia's involvement in the Future Submarine Program is likely to create around 200 skilled Australian jobs during the design and build phases of the program," Pyne said.
"The 200 full time combat system integration jobs form part of around 2,800 jobs associated with the broader Future Submarine Program." ■