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Boeing partners with Clearbox Systems for SATCOM program

Charbel Kadib

Sydney-based technology firm Clearbox is set to support Boeing’s development of the ADF’s next-generation SATCOM system as part of JP 9102.

Boeing partners with Clearbox Systems for SATCOM program
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Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Clearbox Systems have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of a solution for the Australian Defence Force’s next-generation satellite communication (SATCOM) system, known as JP 9102.

The JP 9102 program aims to deliver a resilient and responsive communications system that extends the range and capacity of the network for joint command and control of deployed joint task forces.

Boeing is expected to combine its global satellite communications skills and local development capabilities with Clearbox’s SATCOM software development and integration capabilities.

“Clearbox is renowned for its ability to integrate system software into a common and intuitive user interface, which makes it easier for systems operators,” JP 9102 capture team lead Michael Konig said.

“It is this ability to stitch together different software in a way that makes it seamless for the user that aligns with Boeing’s proven approach on the complex development programs such as the Currawong Battlespace Communications System and Defence High Frequency Communications System.

“The two businesses will collaborate to design a strong solution for JP 9102 that provides a low risk, sovereign solution to the ADF’s needs for a flexible, resilient and agile SATCOM system.”

Clearbox Systems executive director Jeremy Hallett said the firm’s technology can help Defence better operate and manage satellite communications networks.

“We already provide our solutions to Defence to allow them to operate their current military and commercial SATCOM systems,” Hallett said.

“It makes sense for us to work with a company such as Boeing to develop a solution for Defence’s next-generation SATCOM system delivered under JP 9102.”

The JP 9102 tender is expected to be released in the first half of 2021.

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