Lockheed Martin and Clearbox Systems Reach Important Milestones for JP9102

Uralla space installation. Image credit: Lockheed Martin Australia.

Lockheed Martin Australia and a Canberra-based satellite communications SME, Clearbox Systems, have successfully completed critical ground segment software integration as part of their collaboration for JP9102.

This technological achievement underpins Lockheed Martin Australia’s bid to provide a sovereign end-to-end Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) system to Defense under JP9102.

The successful integration represents a key milestone and further mitigates technical risks in the ground and control segments of the system. This will help ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.

The activities saw engineers from both companies join forces to integrate Clearbox’s Foresight Centralized Monitoring and Control (CMC) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM) applications with Lockheed Martin Australia’s Integrated Ground Environment demonstrator. This has included integration with LMA’s control segment software, as well as enhancements to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and free and open-source software (FOSS) applications for cybersecurity and operational capabilities. Using these open source capabilities maximizes the Commonwealth’s flexibility when considering vendors and solutions, while providing an added element of sovereignty.

These milestones underscore the agility of Lockheed Martin Australia’s ground segment and control solution for JP9102, which is purpose-built to enable the integration of disparate, state-of-the-art data sources and software applications.

“By investing in systems integration at this early stage, Lockheed Martin Australia is minimizing technical risk and ensuring that it can more seamlessly deliver an operationally superior MILSATCOM solution in a timeframe that meets the requirements of the Defense schedule,” said Chris Jewell, Lockheed Martin Space JP9102 program manager.

“Lockheed Martin Australia’s enduring relationship with Clearbox is representative of our broader commitment to investing in and developing the capabilities of Australian SMEs and to strengthening the country’s defense and space industries.”

The long-lasting cooperation between Lockheed Martin Australia and Clearbox for JP9102 builds on an increasingly mature relationship. In 2020, Clearbox was the first graduate of Lockheed Martin Australia’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). The MPP is part of Lockheed Martin Australia’s commitment to strengthening Australian industry by preparing high caliber SMEs to work with Defense and Prime Contractors.

“Through its JP9102 campaign, Lockheed Martin Australia is creating significant opportunities for team members in Australian industry like Clearbox to develop their space capabilities,” said Matt Collins-Leslie, CEO of Clearbox Systems. “It’s a win-win situation, giving Lockheed Martin Australia access to industry-leading software solutions and Clearbox access to the resources needed to grow our team and expand our offering.

“Clearbox is proud to work alongside Lockheed Martin Australia and some of our country’s leading defense SMEs to ensure the efficient and timely delivery of a sovereign, world-class military satellite communications solution for Defence.

In addition to Clearbox, Lockheed Martin Australia has engaged an extensive network of Australian industry organizations to provide supply chain solutions and opportunities for JP9102, including Av-Comm, Blacktree, Calytrix Technologies, Conscia, DXC, EM Solutions, Inovor Technologies, Linfox, Ronson Gears, Shoal Group and STEM Punks.

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