Lockheed Martin to deliver MILSATCOM system for Defence

Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd

Tuesday, 04 April, 2023

Lockheed Martin to deliver MILSATCOM system for Defence

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Australian Government as the preferred bidder for Project JP9102, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications System. The multibillion-dollar project is set to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a sovereign military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system defined by its extensibility, agility and resilience, and including the following:

  • New Defence-controlled and operated geostationary communications satellites
  • Multiple ground stations across Australia
  • An integrated satellite communications management system
  • Two new satellite communications operations centres.

Lockheed Martin Australia will now progress to the next stage of the Defence procurement process, which includes engaging in collaborative tender clarification and improvement activities.

“We are proud to be selected as the preferred bidder to deliver this critical capability to the Australian Defence Force,” said Warren McDonald, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand. “This capability will provide the Australian Defence Force with robust connectivity and reliable information when and where they need it and, by extension, contribute further to the growth and development of Australia’s defence and space industries.”

Lockheed Martin will leverage its deep experience in space-based mission solutions and resilient satellite communications networks for its JP9102 offer.

“We are excited to work with the Australian Defence Force and Australian industry to develop a robust solution for JP9102,” said Robert Lightfoot, Executive Vice President for Lockheed Martin Space. “We are bringing to bear all of Lockheed Martin’s company-wide capabilities, as well as our commitment to supporting allied nations to provide an operationally proven system that meets mission needs in terms of coverage, capacity, resilience and extensibility of the constellation.”

Lockheed Martin has assembled a diverse team of Australian companies including Inovor Technologies, EM Solutions, AV-Comm, Linfox, Shoal Group, Ronson Gears, Calytrix Technologies, Conscia, Clearbox Systems, DXC and Blacktree Technology to deliver ground and control segments and beyond for JP9102. Lockheed Martin has also partnered with the Victorian Government to establish Victoria as the engineering and technical hub for the company’s JP9102 solution — an investment that will create more than 200 advanced space industry jobs in the state.

McDonald said a significant amount of the content for Lockheed Martin’s proposed JP9102 solution will be via Australian small and medium enterprises and that the company is committed to knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

Image courtesy Lockheed Martin.

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