Lockheed Martin opens innovation centre in UAE

Ten separate projects are underway or in planning

Global security and aerospace leader Lockheed Martin has opened a collaboration centre in Abu Dhabi and is working on 10 projects with the UAE, it said in a statement.

Lockheed Martin’s collaboration centre in Masdar City will explore innovation, advance security and help achieve the UAE’s vision of building a strong resilient economy.

Lockheed Martin and Masdar have already initiated joint collaboration into nanotechnologies and materials with potential applications in aircraft fuselage design, plastics and water-desalination programmes, among others.

In addition to Masdar, Lockheed Martin has partnerships in the UAE with Khalifa University, UAE University and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic.

The Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) is the result of a long-standing partnership between Lockheed Martin and the UAE in programmes that support government, industry and the development of skills and expertise. Ten separate projects are underway or in planning, it said in the statement.

The Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions is the first of its kind outside the US.

Located in the Incubator Building at Masdar City, the centre is a reconfigurable and multi-purpose facility. It will enable cooperation between Lockheed Martin and the UAE government, industry and academia to develop solutions that address challenges facing today’s world, from climate change to resource scarcity, and advance scientific discovery.

Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin, highlighted the company’s commitment to enhancing the development of the UAE’s skill-base to deliver economic benefits.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy and clean technology company, said: “The centre will facilitate capacity building and stimulate knowledge transfer by enabling access to Lockheed Martin’s extensive network of laboratories, research facilities and centres of excellence across the globe.”


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