There is no substitute for Australian innovation

The opening of a state-of-the-art centre for the development of submarine combat systems in Adelaide is providing opportunities for researchers and industry to work closely together to foster skills, create cutting edge technology and boost the nation’s economy.

Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) officially opened its Submarine Combat Systems Laboratory in collaboration with Saab Australia and Thales Australia in Mawson Lakes today.

Attending the opening today, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said the facility was a great example of three companies collaborating to create a hub of innovation and skills development.

“LMA is taking a leadership role with this investment; they are deepening their footprint in Australia and ensuring they have strong links to Australian-based researchers, businesses and innovators,” Mr Pyne said.

“This collaboration between research and industry will foster cutting-edge technological advancement and the creation of a highly skilled local workforce that will steer Australia towards a prosperous future.”

The opening of the facility comes as the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Minister Pyne prepare to launch the National Innovation and Science Agenda in December.

“Industry and innovation policy is central to the Government’s economic agenda; we are focusing on increasing Australia’s international competitiveness by helping businesses to increase the commercial returns from Australia’s investment in science, research and innovation,” Mr Pyne said.

“I think we have come up with a terrific package, and we’ll keep on working on it right up until its launch to ensure it hits the mark. When it’s released it will be an opportunity to turbo charge this part of the economy and I’m very excited to be the Minister responsible for it.

“This LMA laboratory is an example of what can be achieved when the focus is on innovation, and it has been great to be part of the opening here today.”

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