The Altitude Accord is a strategic and operational partnership between Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter, Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) and University of Newcastle to help grow a ‘5th Generation’, technology-enabled workforce to support LMA’s future job requirements in integrated battle management.

Defence projects such as the F-35 deliver significant economic impact in the Hunter, bringing next-generation technology and related new, high-value, skilled jobs. RDA Hunter, through the Altitude Accord, connects Lockheed Martin Australia into the region’s wider defence industry, education and government sectors to help ensure an adequate flow of suitably qualified people to meet its increased demand.

The partnership supports curriculum development across relevant STEM-related University of Newcastle courses by facilitating engagement with visiting fellows and co-ordinating industry and course-appropriate site visits.