Lockheed Martin and Shoal join for satellite communications


Adelaide based systems engineering group Shoal Group will join Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) on its JP9102 team delivering a next-generation military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system to Defence.

LMA’s JP9102 solution is designed for operational superiority over current systems in the industry.

According to the company, it not only delivers unparalleled coverage, capacity and resilience, but also ‘extensibility on an expedited schedule’ to meet Defence’s unique strategic and capability requirements for satellite communications.

Shoal joins other Australian companies in the program, including Canberra-based communications networks and electromagnetic spectrum operations technology leader Clearbox Systems.

Clearbox’s integration of its Foresight ESM software application will minimise technical risk and maximise technical readiness to assure execution of the project on schedule and budget.

With deep experience across many of Defence’s biggest and most complex capability acquisition and sustainment projects, Shoal Group will provide critical expertise to LMA in each stage of the project.

LMA space regional director David Ball said: “As a sovereign capability partner on various Defence programs, Lockheed Martin Australia has long recognised that Shoal Group punches above its weight in the complex world of model-based system engineering,.

“The multi-award-winning team at Shoal Group brings unmatched expertise in the use of digital design tools and analytics that will support us in minimising risks and maximising schedule assurance.

“This teaming builds on Lockheed Martin’s proven record of superior military satellite communications solutions and will ensure the development of a sovereign MILSATCOM system that will be defined by its resilience and operational superiority.”

Early risk mitigation activities have been underway since mid-2020 and have so far included capability definition, proposal development, systems design, integration management, and supply chain strategy development.

Shoal Group’s longer-term follow-on support to Lockheed Martin Australia for JP9102 will encompass work on the development of systems engineering modelling and management, key project reviews, milestones, and modelling, simulation, and analysis.

Shoal Group founder Shuan Wilson said: “Our partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia…builds on a legacy of successful multi-domain cooperation in everything from undersea warfare to Integrated Air and Missile Defence and now space-based communications.

“Shoal Group specialises in engineering solutions for complex systems and by partnering with LMA in the delivery of a ‘world’s best’ sovereign satellite communications system, we see the exponential potential for our business in terms of space systems capability development and long-term growth.”

Picture: Shoal Group/David Ball, Space Regional Director, Lockheed Martin Australia and Shaun Wilson, Founder and Head of Business Development, Shoal Group.

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