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Lockheed Martin Australia bolsters JP 9102 team

A Sydney-based satellite communications company has joined the prime’s bid to secure Defence’s JP 9102 contract.

A Sydney-based satellite communications company has joined the prime’s bid to secure Defence’s JP 9102 contract.

Av-Comm, a satellite communications infrastructure and services provider, has been selected to support Lockheed Martin Australia’s (LMA) bid to deliver a next-generation, sovereign military satellite communication (MILSATCOM) capability to the Australian Defence Force under the JP 9102 project.


If successful, Av-Comm will be tasked with supporting the installation of high capacity wide-band antenna and radio-frequency subsystems at several satellite ground stations.

The work would include overseeing design, implementation, integration, and testing.

This latest collaboration builds on Av-Comm’s long-standing relationship with LMA, with the local firm previously supplying space hardware and providing technical support to existing operations at LMA’s Uralla, NSW, ground station.

“Av-Comm has a rich heritage in satellite communications, with a trusted reputation for ground services and connecting people on the move,” David Ball, regional director at Lockheed Martin Australia Space, said.

“Av-Comm will help us deliver an operationally superior MILSATCOM solution for JP 9102 and enhance the trust, reliability and collaboration that our team represents.


“As Lockheed Martin Australia continues to grow its JP 9102 team, we are committed to strengthening Australia’s sovereign defence and space industry capability with a resilient MILSATCOM system that meets Australia’s strategic needs.”

Michael Cratt, Av-Comm managing director, welcomed the “unique and mutually beneficial” opportunity to support the delivery of Australia’s next-generation satellite communications capabilities.

“As we support Lockheed Martin Australia to develop and deliver a superior satellite system, we welcome their support for us in expanding and up-skilling our workforce, strengthening our capacity to contribute to Australia’s sovereign space industry,” Cratt added.

Av-Comm is the latest company to join the LMA team, following the likes of Shoal Group, Clearbox Systems and Ronson Gears.

The LMA-led team will be competing against a host of other major contractors, including AirbusBoeing Defence Australia (BDA), and telecommunications giant Optus.

Airbus’ ‘Team Maier’ recently onboarded Canberra-based tech firm Willyama, which joined engineering and utilities provider UGL, satellite technology manufacturer Blacktree Technology and global tech giant Microsoft.

BDA’s team includes Leidos Australia, Viasat, the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium, and Saber.

Airbus, BDA and LMA have all requested the services of network infrastructure provider Clearbox Systems.

Meanwhile, Optus, Raytheon Australia and Thales Australia have formed Team AUSSAT to support their push for the next-generation MILSATCOM contract.

The JP 9102 tender is scheduled to close on 10 January.

[Related:  Airbus welcomes local tech firm to JP 9102 team]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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