L3Harris case study

L3Harris expands global footprint in SA

The MAPPS business of L3Harris, a leading global supplier of marine control systems and simulation products, successfully established its Australian headquarters at Mawson Lakes’ Technology Park in July 2019.  

The company moved into the Defence and Space Landing Pad at innovation neighbourhood Lot Fourteen in January 2019, with the intention of establishing a permanent facility to support Australia’s naval shipbuilding programs with its pioneering Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).

Platform manager for naval programs

The MAPPS business of L3Harris is a leader in the integration of military shipboard control systems as well as simulation products, and its systems are installed on more than 220 warships for 22 navies around the world.

This L3Harris business is responsible for developing the advanced IPMS to provide integrated monitoring and control of ship propulsion, electrical functions, auxiliaries and damage control machinery and systems. The technology cuts navy’s life-cycle costs by reducing manning requirements and increasing ship survivability.

The platform management system will be developed and integrated on-board Australia’s next generation Hunter class frigates and Arafura class offshore patrol vessels, with support from Australian industry.

Convenient, central and connected

The Defence and Space Landing Pad was a central and convenient location for L3Harris to strengthen connections and establish its permanent business operations, according to Program Manager, Warren Smith.  

“The Landing Pad provided a good local base to really establish ourselves and start working  with other defence stakeholders,” says Mr Smith.  

“We knew it would take some time to get the business off the ground, but the Landing Pad enabled a smooth transition into Adelaide.”