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US defence giant opens innovation centre in Abu Dhabi

Lockheed Martin launches tech centre in Masdar City to provide advanced security solutions to the UAE

US defence giant opens innovation centre in Abu Dhabi

US-based defence giant Lockheed Martin has opened a new innovation centre in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City to provide advanced security solutions to the UAE.

The Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) is the first of its kind outside the United States, the company said in a statement.

CISS will enable cooperation between Lockheed Martin and the UAE government, industry and academia to develop solutions that address challenges ranging from climate change to resource scarcity, and also help advance scientific discovery locally.

The centre is also the result of a partnership between the American defence firm and the UAE government to develop the skills and expertise in the country.

Although the collaboration between the UAE government and Lockheed Martin was initially on defence programmes, it later developed to include fields such as energy, cybre security and sustainability.

"By combining Lockheed Martin’s 100 years of technology expertise with Masdar’s holistic approach towards higher education, R&D and technology deployment we will be able to deliver innovations that address the UAE’s most important challenges," said Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy and clean technology company.

He added: "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."

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

"We value the entrepreneurial, innovative spirit we see in the UAE and the commitment to real-world solutions and progress that Masdar represents," said Hewson. "We look forward to collaborating on innovations, growing technical expertise and contributing to economic development."

In addition, the US firm is also partnering with other educational institutions in the UAE such as Khalifa University and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic to train Emirati students.

It also holds a stake in Abu Dhabi-based Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) with joint venture partners Mubadala Aerospace and Sikorsky.

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