Lockheed Martin announces Orlando expansion and hiring plans

The $50 million investment will house the Research and Development II building to support engineering, programme management, and research and development activities

Lockheed Martin, the American aerospace, defence, security and advanced technologies company, has broken ground on a new office facility in Orlando (US) and announced plans to hire about 1800 people in the next two years.

The new 255,000 sqft site, will house the Research and Development II building. The company said the project will cost US$50 million

"With this expansion, Lockheed Martin is further solidifying its already robust presence in Florida and supporting our business growth," said Frank St. John, Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control (MFC) executive VP.

He added: "The Research & Development II building underscores our customer commitments to provide the most modern facilities for our talented workforce to produce critical capabilities for the US and allies for years to come."

Employees working in the new building will support engineering, programme management and research and development activities for MFC, which primarily designs, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, manned and unmanned systems for customers including the US Department of Defense, NASA and allied nations.

The staff at Lockheed Martin's MFC site in Orlando leads the aerospace and defence industry in their experience with technologies related to electro-optics, millimetre wave radar, image and signal processing, advanced materials, electronic packaging and large-system integration.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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