Leidos Australia has rolled out a new ISR capability platform in co-operation with Defence, as part of Phase 1 of Joint Project 2096.
The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) and Leidos Australia have co-operated to develop the Wagardi Mission System, designed to optimise intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability.
The initial operating capability of the Wagardi Mission System, which was delivered on budget and three months ahead of schedule, is a computer user interface that searches across multiple ISR databases to deliver timely and targeted information to warfighters.
The platform forms part of Phase 1 of Joint Project 2096 – ISR Integration, which aims to provide infrastructure and functionality to the Defence Secret Network (DSN) to create a unified dataset that enables users to effectively manage ISR information and intelligence.
Chief of Joint Capabilities, Air Marshal Warren McDonald said the platform would help enhance sovereign capability.
“The system will improve the ability for personnel to provide complete information, in a reduced time frame, to support operations,” AIRMSHL McDonald said.
Leidos Australia chief executive Paul Chase lauded the speedy delivery of the platform.
“Early delivery is a testament to the collaborative approach between Leidos and defence teams,” he said. “We’re very proud of this capability and how it supports the future of ISR for Defence.”
Upon completion, JP2096 will have invested approximately $450 million in Australian industry, which AIRMSHL McDonald said would provide opportunities across a number of sectors.
“This offers Australian industry opportunities in development and integration services, data analytics, and ICT support, and includes the addition of 65 new jobs for a development and support centre,” he added.
Phase 2 of JP2096 will extend the capability provided by Phase 1 in response to the ADO’s ISR capability requirements and priorities.
The extension of the capability under Phase 2 will also include the continued integration of legacy capabilities, the provision of key ISR services, and the application of the architecture to other physical or security domains.