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Calytrix Technologies, EM Solutions join LMA for SATCOM project

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Calytrix Technologies and EM Solutions are the latest to support Lockheed Martin Australia’s bid to deliver a next-generation SATCOM capability to the ADF.   

Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has reinforced its JP9102 team, announcing partnerships with Calytrix Technologies and EM Solutions.

The companies have agreed to leverage their respective technologies to support LMA’s delivery of a sovereign military satellite communication (MILSATCOM) capability if selected by the Commonwealth government.

Calytrix, a Western Australian-based provider of integrated training solutions, is developing a new training management system in satellite operations, designed to manage courseware, simulations and scenarios, assessments and compliance processes.


“Lockheed Martin Australia has long recognised the importance of working with and elevating the capabilities of local industry,” Shawn Parr, Calytrix chief executive officer and cofounder said.

“We’re thrilled to build on our already longstanding relationship by delivering the training, equipment and materials required to support their operationally mature satellite system.”

Meanwhile, EM Solutions, a Brisbane-based subsidiary of Electro Optic Systems, is expected to develop an interoperability and certification program, aimed at ensuring existing and future end-user terminals meet all required standards under the new sovereign construct.

“Working with Lockheed Martin Australia on JP9102 is a breakthrough opportunity for EM Solutions to further develop our breadth of specialist capabilities that will have downstream benefits for Australian industry long into the future,” Rowan Gilmore, EM Solutions’ chief executive officer said.


David Ball, regional director for space at Lockheed Martin Australia, noted the importance of tapping into the local skills base to deliver a sovereign MILSATCOM capability in an appropriate timeframe.  

“We’ve been clear from the outset that our JP9102 philosophy is to maximise Australian industry content, and these latest teammates are a testament to that enduring commitment,” Ball said.

“Investing in local capabilities facilitates the transfer of skills, know-how and technology to strengthen Australia’s defence and space industry—and will play a lead role in the development and support of our solution.”

Calytrix Technologies and EM Solutions are the latest to join LMA’s JP9102, joining STEM Punks, Shoal Group, Av-Comm, Clearbox Systems and Ronson Gears.

The LMA-led team will be competing against a host of other major contractors, including AirbusBoeing Defence Australia (BDA), Northrop Grumman Australia, and telecommunications giant Optus.

The JP 9102 tender is scheduled to close on 10 January.

This article is courtesy of Defence Connect. 

Isabella Richards

Isabella Richards

Bella Richards is a journalist who has written for several local newspapers, her university newspaper and a tech magazine, and completed her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney in 2020. She joined Momentum Media in 2021, and has since written breaking news stories across Space Connect, Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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