Northrop Grumman opens integration and demonstration lab in Australia


Northrop Grumman has officially opened a new AU$20 million (US$14 million) laboratory in Canberra, Australia called Parallax Labs.

The facility will handle systems integration, advanced mission visualisation and demonstration of its aerospace and defense products.

Engineers will use model-based systems engineering, advanced simulation and high levels of automation to help develop, integrate and test systems at the laboratories.

According to Northrop Grumman Parallax Labs brings together a distributed systems and software development, integration and test environment within an immersive and interactive operations room-style environment. The lab incorporates large-area displays and reconfigurable technologies to enable key stakeholders to fully envision and test technology and solutions approaches.

Christine Zeitz, general manager, Northrop Grumman Asia Pacific said, “Parallax Labs represents a critical component of how Northrop Grumman Australia can support projects with complex system architectures and highly-integrated technologies.

“Importantly, it also serves to facilitate the transfer of technology and the development of Australian critical technology skills that will benefit Australia’s defence industry now and into the future.”

The facility will also be used to showcase the company’s local and international capabilities with industry partners, customers and technology organisations.

Northrop Grumman added that Parallax Labs is a “distributed environment”, that can be scaled through the cloud to incorporate new capabilities and locations in Australia and overseas.

The Australian Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Science and Technology, the Hon Melissa Price MP, Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr. Tony Fraser AO, CSC, and Australian defence industry partners attended the recent opening.

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