Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has announced the successful integration of Clearbox Systems’ Foresight ESM software application as part of its bid to build a sovereign satellite communication system for Defence.
The work was undertaken as part of a teaming agreement for Defence Project JP 9102 between LMA and Clearbox Systems.
“We’re very proud of this milestone," said David Ball, Regional Director for LMA Space. “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.”
The integration of Clearbox’s proprietary Foresight ESM software has also been used to demonstrate the agility of LMA’s satcom control segment, which serves as the crucial link between the satellites and ground stations in Defence’s future sovereign satcom system. Based on modular, open architecture software, LMA says its control segment is specifically designed for rapid integration of third-party software products.
Foresight ESM is a sovereign Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM) application born out of Clearbox’s bi-lateral collaborative research and development agreement with Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). The company says its 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.
“We’re excited to be taking our relationship with Lockheed Martin Australia to the next step on JP9102,” said Jeremy Hallett, CEO and Managing Director of Clearbox Systems.
Other bidders for JP 9102, which intends to deliver a sovereign satellite communications service to the ADF, include Airbus (Team Maier) and Boeing.