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Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has announced that Shoal Group, a model-based systems engineering firm, will be part of its JP9102 team.

LMA says its JP9102 solution offers 'extensibility on an expedited schedule to meet Defence’s unique strategic and capability requirements for satellite communications.'

Adelaide-based Shoal Group will provide critical expertise to Lockheed Martin Australia’s JP9102 solution throughout each stage of the project.

“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,” said David Ball, Space Regional Director, Lockheed Martin Australia. “This teaming agreement combines Shoal Group’s expertise and Lockheed Martin Australia’s optimal solution for a resilient, operationally superior military satellite system.”

“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."

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 JP 9102 will encompass work on the development of systems engineering modelling and management, key project reviews, milestones, and modelling, simulation, and analysis.

“Our partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia reflects the trust, respect and complementary skillsets needed on a project of this scale and importance. It 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,” said Shaun Wilson, Founder and Head of Business Development for Shoal Group.

“Shoal Group specialises in engineering solutions for complex systems and by partnering with Lockheed Martin Australia 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."

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