Global aerospace and defence company Exelis
has announced that it will make its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Melbourne,
which says will create about 60 jobs.
The New York Stock Exchange-listed Exelis,
which had its international headquarters in Virginia, employs about 17,000
worldwide and reported revenues of nearly $US 5 billion in 2013. It operates in over 50 countries.
The Melbourne location cements an
Australian presence it began in January last year when it acquired C4i. The
Melbourne HQ will be built to offer “state-of-the-art
research and development (R&D), testing and systems integration”
“The decision to
establish our Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne was heavily influenced by
the region’s robust engineering talent, growing market opportunities and the
unwavering support from the Victorian Government,” said David Melcher, the company’s CEO.
“Paired with our more
than 40 years of history serving the Australian market, this expansion
represents our company’s continued commitment to growing our presence in the
Asia Pacific region and our focus on international expansion.”
Victorian manufacturing minister David
Hodgett, whose government Exelis praised for its cooperation, said the announcement
was a vote of confidence in what the state had to offer North American defence
companies looking to expand in the region.
Exelis describes itself as a world leader “in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, air traffic solutions and information systems.”