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Blacktree, DXC join Lockheed Martin for JP9102


Two Australian companies have joined a growing list of firms supporting Lockheed Martin's bid to deliver a next-generation military SATCOM to the ADF.

Blacktree Technology and DXC Technology Australia have been named as the latest members of Lockheed Martin Australia’s (LMA) JP9102 team.

The Australian government has invested up to $3 billion into the project, aiming to reduce reliance on the United States' defence capabilities, including the US military’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS).

Communications company Blacktree Technology is expected to leverage its experience in mission-critical ultra-high frequency (UHF) services for Defence, supporting LMA’s narrowband MILSATCOM ground segment.


“Blacktree welcomes the opportunity to support Lockheed Martin Australia on JP9102,” Joe Nevin, managing director of Blacktree, said.

“This agreement capitalises on our deep heritage in high mobility MILSATCOM and will in turn add to our capability and reputation as a market leader in UHF ground segment solutions.”

Meanwhile, IT services provider DXC Technology would be tasked with overseeing the development of ground and control segment cyber security architectures, including interfaces with existing hardware and external software elements.

“DXC in Australia is looking forward to working closely with Lockheed Martin Australia, a company that is spearheading the development of Australia’s space-oriented industries and technologies,” Seelan Nayagam, DXC president, Asia-Pacific, said.


“The opportunity to deliver cyber security architectures for JP9102 positions us at the very forefront of the industry, generating local and global opportunities.”

David Ball, regional director for space at Lockheed Martin Australia, welcomed the addition of Blacktree Technology and DXC Technology Australia, stating they would help accelerate the delivery of an operationally agile and flexible solution.  

“We’re working hand-in-glove with an extensive set of local industry partners to build a highly skilled, high-value Australian workforce,” he said.

“These Australian companies will contribute to an extensible and resilient sovereign MILSATCOM solution that strengthens Australia’s space capability long into the future.”

Blacktree DXC and Blacktree are the latest among several firms to join LMA’s JP9102 team, including Conscia, Av-Comm, Calytrix Technologies, EM Solutions, Shoal Group, Clearbox Systems, STEM Punks 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 JP9102 tender is scheduled to close on 10 January.

This article is courtesy of News Editor Charbel Kadib from 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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