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Northrop Grumman Australia, L3Harris Technologies team up for JP9102

The companies have joined forces to advance a proposal to develop Australia's next-generation defence SATCOM capability. 

The companies have joined forces to advance a proposal to develop Australia's next-generation defence SATCOM capability. 

Northrop Grumman Australia has partnered with L3Harris Technologies to support its bid to deliver a sovereign satellite communications capability to the Australian Defence Force under the Commonwealth government’s JP 9102 project.

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L3Harris has been tasked with providing in-country, ground station capability, which includes the Australian Wide Multi-Band Terminal (WMBT).

“Together with our partners, Northrop Grumman Australia and L3Harris will provide the Commonwealth with a sovereign, resilient end-to-end satellite communications capability solution, backed by our unmatched experience to support the future joint force and safeguard our national interests,” Christine Zeitz, general manager Asia Pacific at Northrop Grumman, said.

Alan Clements, corporate vice president of L3Harris Australia, welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Northrop Grumman.

“L3Harris is excited to partner with Northrop Grumman Australia on JP 9102 to provide an industry leading solution to the Commonwealth of Australia,” Clements said.

“Our two companies are well positioned to take the best of breed and leverage a strong and smart industrial base in Australia to grow Australia’s capabilities in the space domain.”

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L3Harris Technologies is the latest company to support Northrop Grumman Australia’s JP 9102 push, joining UK-based SATCOM company Inmarsat.

Inmarsat has agreed to collaborate to deliver an Integrated Control Segment, designed to enhance flexibility across commercial and military SATCOM networks.

Northrop Grumman Australia is competing against a host of other major contractors, including AirbusBoeing Defence Australia (BDA), Lockheed Martin Australia, and telecommunications giant Optus.

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

[Related: Northrop Grumman Australia taps Inmarsat for JP 9102 bid] 

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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