Lockheed Martin consolidates Brisbane Sikorsky operations

Defence manufacturer Lockheed Martin Australia has consolidated its operations to deliver the MH60 Romeo program and other core defence businesses.

Focussing its facilities at its Nowra site, the company will close the Brisbane operations of its subsidiary rotor wing company Sikorsky Australia by 31 January 2020.

In a statement, Lockheed Martin Australia said that it was committed to supporting employees through the consolidation process, including redeployment to other Sikorsky Australia sites across Australia or at other Lockheed Martin Australia facilities.

“Lockheed Martin Australia is engaged in the integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains in every mainland state and territory,” said Lockheed Martin Australia interim chief executive Scott Thompson.

In addition to supporting the MH60 Romeo program, of which the Australian Navy has ordered 24 helicopters to replace the S-70B-2 Seahawk, Lockheed Martin is engaged in the F-35 program, as well as designing combat systems for the future submarine fleet.

“Our diverse programs form a critical backbone for Australia’s current and future defence capabilities including Rotary Wing Systems and sustainment, next generation pilot training, combat systems integration and surveillance across air, sea, land and space domains,” said Thompson.

Sikorsky also operates sites in Perth and Nowra, with Perth being a forward stocking location, and Nowra a maintenance, repair and overhaul site. In the statement, Lockheed Martin noted that they would work with employees, customers, and suppliers to ensure a smooth transition.

“We have significant opportunities for growth across all of our Australian business and we will continue to deliver exceptional program performance and leading innovation for Australia,” said Thompson.