Airbus signs with Aussie based UGL for military satellite

Sydney-based ground-control infrastructure specialist UGL has been named the latest local partner to join the Airbus teaming arrangement in its bid to deliver next-generation military satellite communications capability to Australia under the JP 9102 program.

Airbus signs with Aussie based UGL for military satellite
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Team Maier is a unique teaming arrangement that is designed to identify Australian partners in the space, technology and academic sectors to provide innovative and specialised military SATCOM capabilities as part of the JP 9102 program.

UGL will be tasked to design and construct all ground infrastructure supporting the JP 9102 project, including the communications systems, network operations and systems integration, as well as its ongoing sustainment.

For the local industry to develop international leadership in SATCOM, the partnership with Airbus is key, according to Peter Bierton, head of communications at UGL.


“We are excited to be joining Team Maier, its focus on a truly Australian approach to military SATCOM capability resonates with our desire to develop and enhance sovereign capability, Bierton said.

We are also looking forward to continuing our positive relationship with Barpa, bringing real value-add work directly to our Indigenous population.

This type of collaboration can be the catalyst for the Australian industry to develop international leadership in SATCOM.”

The teaming approach is also aimed at aiding the development of a long-term sovereign defence, space eco-system and capability in Australia in addition to delivering a military SATCOM solution to the Australian government.

Team Maier is aiming to leverage UGL’s experience supporting the Australian Defence Force over the last two decades including in the most recent upgrade works at the Royal Australian Navy communications and logistics facility at HMAS Harman.


Airbus will also be able to draw on more than 7,000 UGL engineering, construction, operations and maintenance specialists in developing its end-to-end JP 9102 solution, while minimising risk and enhancing sovereign defence satellite capability under the partnership.

Airbus is looking forward to advancing these great discussions and development work with UGL, according to Martin Rowse, Airbus campaign lead for the JP 9102 program.

“UGL brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Team Maier and continues to drive our commitment to collaborate with true Australian companies,” Rowse said.

We also expect our respective capabilities to contribute to the best possible solution to meet Australia’s SATCOM requirements.

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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