Clearbox Systems set for defence communications bid


Defence giant Lockheed Martin Australia has integrated the Foresight ESM software application from software and hardware developer Clearbox Systems into its bid to build a sovereign satellite communication system for defence.

The two companies have worked together to minimise technical risk and maximise technical readiness to assure execution of the project on schedule and budget under a teaming arrangement.

Lockheed, best known for its F-35 joint strike fighter which includes a range of Australian-made systems, is to bid for Defence Project JP9102.

Systems from Canberra-based Clearbox are deployed in satellite communications (SATCOM), space situational awareness, television and radio broadcast, secure communications, and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare (ISREW).

Regional director of LMA Space David Ball said: “We’re very proud of this milestone.

“This integration project is a core element of our approach for JP9102 – working hand in glove with Australian industry, mitigating risk, ensuring seamless delivery of world-class, sovereign satcom solutions on a timeframe that allows Defence to meet the growing pressures in Australia’s strategic environment.”

He said the integration of Clearbox’s proprietary Foresight ESM software demonstrated the agility of LMA’s satcom control segment, which serves as the link between the satellites and ground stations.

Based on modular, open architecture software, LMA’s control segment is specifically designed for rapid integration of third-party, best-of-breed software products.

Foresight ESM is an Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM) that grew from collaborative research and development with Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

The software provides ADF operators with the ability to efficiently plan, coordinate and use the electromagnetic spectrum in ways that optimise operational performance by limiting interference.

In 2020, Clearbox was the inaugural graduate of LMA’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) which readies SMEs for work with defence and prime contractors.

Through the LMA funded, 13-month program, Clearbox completed a set of training modules under the guidance of LMA executives and subject matter experts.

The MPP encompasses best practices in program management, human resource processes, business ethics, product management, competitive intelligence, and cyber security readiness.

Clearbox CEO Jeremy Hallett, said: “Our dealings with Lockheed Martin are a demonstration of their commitment to deep, respectful, and enduring partnerships with Australian Industry.

“By completing this integration of our respective, world-leading capabilities we, together with other Australian partners, are well prepared to provide Defence with a MILSATCOM architecture defined by its resilience, agility and superior operational performance leveraging unparalleled MILSATCOM heritage.”

Picture: Clearbox Systems

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