Aegis and Australia's SEA 5000 Future Frigate
As the Royal Australian Navy prepares to introduce its next generation of frigates, Lockheed Martin stands ready to support both options currently being evaluated by the Commonwealth.
The Aegis Weapons System—the most advanced maritime warfighting system and the world’s only maritime ballistic defence system, is the right solution for Australia’s Future Frigates:
- Aegis is proven and ready, deployed on over 120 surface ships in service with navies of the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Spain – and Australia
- The system provides simultaneous multi-mission warfare protection under, on and above the sea
- Its open architecture enables rapid integration with future and existing Australian indigenous systems, such as the Hobart class destroyer, which eliminates the need for an additional interface and integration layer
- With its Aegis Combat System, Lockheed Martin has more than 40 years of proven performance in delivering air and missile defence to countries around the world
Australia’s Future Frigates will not only help secure the Navy’s maritime approaches, but will also secure Australian jobs and the future of Australia’s industrial base. Lockheed Martin employs more than 750 Australians in facilities and laboratories located in every mainland state of Australia – and thousands more across Australian industry, delivering advanced programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), the Pilot Training System, and the Future Submarine.
Lockheed Martin continues to invest in growing Australia’s maritime workforce. Choosing Aegis for the Future Frigates will create more than 100 new jobs for Australians and sustain over 300 jobs across Australian industry, ensuring that Australia can maintain and expand critical maritime combat system skills locally.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND SEA 5000
After more than 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy, Mark Leach, business development manager, made the leap from public service to industry, joining the Lockheed Martin Australia team to work on surface maritime programs.
Mark comes to Lockheed Martin with a varied and expert background within the armed forces. He trained as a merchant mariner, has held senior roles at international posts – including the Middle East and the United States – and worked in project/program management roles within the Royal Australian Navy.
A keen interest in naval combat systems and an opportunity to deliver world class technology to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) made Lockheed Martin Australia the employer of choice for Richard Dominy.
Richard is the engineering manager for Surface Maritime projects for Lockheed Martin in Australia.
Air Warfare Destroyer
The Royal Australian Navy sought an advanced, flexible and capable class of ships to replace its current Adelaide-class frigates in defence of Australia. The primary role of these new warships is to provide air defence to Australian naval task forces and forces ashore. To effectively pace evolving threats, the combat system on these destroyers must be agile. It must be innovative. And it must be proven.
Creating a Sustainable Australian Workforce
Lockheed Martin is seeking to support the Australian Government in laying the foundation for an Australian-wide naval shipbuilding enterprise, providing certainty to local industry and shipbuilding workers, maximising Australian industry involvement, and ensuring a local defence capability to be maintained by generations to come.