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Defence supplier Lockheed Martin UK sets up at MIA member MIRA

12 Jun 2013

Defence supplier Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill is to open a satellite facility at MIA member MIRA's Technology Park Enterprise Zone in a move that could generate new jobs.

Having successfully secured two major Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) programmes almost simultaneously, LMUK is looking to expand its workforce.

Establishing this engineering facility on the MIRA site - near Nuneaton - means LMUK Ampthill is ideally placed to target AFV technology specialists in the Midlands and into the North, in order to continue providing the UK’s armed forces with the most up to date defence systems.

Alan McCormick, Vice President and Managing Director of LMUK Ampthill said; “We are delighted to be a part of the new MIRA Technology Park. With the facility now in place, we are keen to attract Electrical and Electronic Design Engineers, Mechanical Design Engineers and System Integration and Test Engineers.

“The creation of this satellite within the Enterprise Zone, combined with MIRA’s plans for the Technology Park, will see this relationship develop and grow, enabling us to attract a skilled and dynamic workforce and take advantage of a range of test facilities not available to us at our Ampthill site.”

The LMUK site on the technology park will combine office space with a workshop and lab facilities to house up to 30 staff.

Dr Geoff Davis, Chief Commercial and Technology Officer, MIRA, said; “We are delighted that Lockheed Martin has decided to create a satellite facility at MIRA Technology Park.

“Our aim has always been to create the ideal location for businesses to foster and realise technical innovation. MIRA Technology Park Enterprise Zone is now well on its way to becoming one of the most advanced research and development communities for transport technologies in Europe and we are pleased that Lockheed Martin will be part of that story.”

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