Lockheed Martin Australia has announced its plans to invest $46.61m (A$74m) to set up a new national integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) ecosystem in Australia.

The establishment of this ecosystem will allow Australia to make a significant contribution to the IAMD systems’ global supply chain.

It will bring together different academia, government and industry partners to develop, enhance and sustain IAMD capabilities in the country.

The company said that this inclusive national ecosystem will also generate various local employment opportunities.

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missions Systems Australia and New Zealand international business development director Kendell Kuczma said: “By enhancing integration and interoperability across all warfighting domains, the IAMD Ecosystem will improve situational awareness and support rapid decision making on missions throughout the Indo-Pacific region.”

The IAMD ecosystem will include different infrastructure and collaboration tools to link operators and engineers for quickly addressing the issues and fielding the system.

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It will provide real-time feedback from the warfighters, which in turn will help the Australian industry partners to provide direct solutions to deter existing and future threats.

The Australian Defence Forces (AFD) can also try various new capabilities before fielding them, under the ecosystem’s ‘try before it buys’ concept that leverages advanced tools and a secure digital environment.

The company will mainly focus on two areas, namely a National IAMD Centre and a research and development (R&D) pipeline.

The centre will be the ecosystem’s main physical hub, while the R&D pipeline will support innovation efforts via small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.

Last year, Lockheed Martin was selected as one of the two companies to work on the ADF’s AIR6500 Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) programme.