Global aerospace, defence, information and services company Exelis is planning to establish its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.
Working closely with the Victorian Coalition Government, Exelis will be building a state-of-the-art research and development (R&D), testing and systems integration facility to support both local and export opportunities. The new facility is expected to create more than 60 new jobs in Australia, with plans for future growth already underway.
According to Minster for Manufacturing of the Victorian Government David Hodgett, Exelis’ decision to establish its headquarters indicates Victoria’s attractiveness as a destination of choice for North American companies seeking an Australian base to grow their businesses in the Asia Pacific region.
With this new facility, Exelis will expand its systems integration capabilities and also continue to support growing its local workforce. The new regional presence in Australia will ensure greater in-market resources to better meet evolving defence and security needs and provide in-country sustainment support. Additionally, it will further the company’s continued research and development of emerging solutions in the areas of critical networks, ISR & analytics and electronic warfare for the global aerospace, defence and resource industries.
Exelis CEO and President David Melcher added that the decision to establish their Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne was heavily influenced by the region’s robust engineering talent, growing market opportunities and the unwavering support from the Victorian Government.