Opinion: Developing the next generation of defence solutions and maintaining their relevancy within a fast-paced development cycle is vitally important to Australia’s national interest, writes Kendell Kuczma, Australian capture manager, AIR6500 at Lockheed Martin Australia.
As leaders in the Australian defence industry, our commitment and investment must be laser-focused on growing sovereign industry capability as we develop advanced systems for Australia’s national security.
Collaborative partnerships enable the very best of innovation but must exist in an environment conducive to meaningful integration, protective of intellectual property and cyber threats all while maintaining a high degree of relevancy. The partnership must consider the continuum of large to small enterprises, traditional and non-traditional industries, academia and government organisations working together to achieve the best operational outcomes. Lockheed Martin has embraced this approach globally as a reflection of enabling technology but also customer desire for better outcomes.
Locally, we have embraced a partnering approach in some highly complex programs like Joint Air Battle Management (AIR6500), Military Satellite Communications (JP9102) and the Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise. The physical and technological epicenter of this collaboration is the Lockheed Martin Australia Endeavour Centre. Just as the name Endeavour courses through the history of exploration, the centre is purpose-designed for customer, industry and academia partners to discover and overcome challenges together.