Lockheed Martin bids for JP9102 military SATCOM contract

Lockheed Martin has submitted its proposal to create a new $3 billion military satellite communication capability for Australia.

Lockheed Martin bids for JP9102 military SATCOM contract
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The aerospace giant is heading a consortium to bid for JP9102, which also includes Linfox, Shoal Group and Clearbox Systems.

The Australian government hopes the new project will eventually reduce its reliance on the United States' defence capabilities, including the US military’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS).

Other contenders in the frame are thought to include Airbus and Team Maier, Boeing, and Team AUSSAT – comprised of companies including Optus, Thales and Raytheon.

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Lockheed Martin Australia hopes that its consortium, which includes companies across the Australian industry, will deliver a superior product for Defence’s sovereign MILSATCOM capability.

“From the beginning of this campaign, Lockheed Martin maximised Australia’s in-country space capabilities for JP9102,” David Ball, regional director for space at Lockheed Martin Australia, said.

“The space industry here brings a vast, diverse network of capabilities, and we’re already seeing two-way transfers of skills, know-how and technology. Spearheaded by Lockheed Martin’s unparalleled heritage in resilient MILSATCOM, our JP9102 team stands united and ready to deliver.”

According to a release from the company, the consortium has integrated Australian industry capability across the entire MILSATCOM capability spectrum – from software through to ground stations.

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Linfox is expected to support warehouse provisioning and distribution for the bid, joining DXC, Conscia, Av-Comm, Calytrix Technologies, EM Solutions, Shoal Group, Clearbox Systems, STEM Punks and Ronson Gears.

In December, LMA confirmed that the company has teamed up with Leidos for the Commonwealth’s AIR 6500 project, which will see the firms jointly design, develop and build advanced secure technologies under the Royal Australian Air Force’s Joint Air Battle Management Systems Project (AIR 6500-1).

As part of the collaboration, LMA – which is one of two primes selected to participate in the final competitive phase of AIR 6500 Phase 1 project – will work alongside Leidos Australia to develop capabilities that can be integrated into an open architecture framework, supporting application development for the project.

Specifically, the companies will investigate transformative software factory technologies, enhanced by a number of features, including secure coding, advanced cyber security infrastructure, automated monitoring, continuous deployment, network optimisation and testing.

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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