Harris Eyes $125M Investment to Back R&D Projects in Florida; William Brown Quoted

William Brown

Harris plans to make an investment worth over $125M in research-and-development projects in Florida to support tech innovation and talent recruitment efforts in the state.

The company said Monday R&D initiatives will focus on robotics, avionics, small satellite units and electronic warfare and will occur at the firm’s facilities in Central Florida in support of the company’s approximately 7K employees in the state.

William Brown, chairman, president and CEO of Harris, said the company’s R&D investment seeks to create high-quality jobs and advance technical capabilities in Florida.

“We strive to advance technology initiatives at all levels by supporting emerging technology today and the workforce of tomorrow,” Brown added.

The company will use the investment to forge partnerships with companies and universities in the state, such as the University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology.

Harris and L3 Technologies agreed in October to merge through an all-stock deal to establish the country’s sixth largest defense technology contractor in Melbourne, Fla.

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