• RAN trainees utilise the newly built Communications Centre Simulator at the Defence Force School of Signals.
    RAN trainees utilise the newly built Communications Centre Simulator at the Defence Force School of Signals. Defence

Lockheed Martin Australia successfully completed the mission-critical Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for Defence’s JP9711-1 Core Simulation Capability last month despite the global challenges of COVID-19.

The PDR lays the foundational path forward for establishing the baseline software architecture for the ADF's largest, networked training system that links virtual and constructive simulation to live training events.

The JP9711 system will provide the ADF with a Core Simulation Capability that delivers simulation-enabled collective training in support of current and future defence operations.

The Lockheed Martin program team in Canberra and Orlando generated an innovative digital solution to assure the COVID impacts and restrictions did not prohibit the team from holding the critical PDR milestone, which allowed the program to maintain schedule.

“This milestone demonstrates Lockheed Martin Australia’s steadfast commitment and focus in delivering an innovative and timely solution to meet the critical operational needs of the Department of Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group," Joe North, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand said. “This outcome is a positive example of Australia’s sustainable sovereign industrial capability in full swing, with our global teams working in concert to successfully plan and execute a software PDR on schedule.

“The Canberra and Orlando teams connected daily in a virtual environment assuring the transfer of knowledge during program execution, which saw our highly skilled Australian team deliver the PDR on time. It was a great outcome and we look forward to focusing on the next milestone in support of CIOG’s priorities,” North said.

In collaboration with Defence, the Lockheed Martin program team reviewed a range of complex and detailed documents, delivered 26 priority one documents, two Contract Data Requirements List items, 10 technical data presentations, and 26 tech interchange meetings.

“The remarkable collaboration between our Lockheed Martin program team on both sides of the Pacific in partnership with Defence was key to achieving this positive outcome," Malcolm Wright, Program Manager JP9711-1, Lockheed Martin Australia, said. “This successful PDR was a culmination of sheer hard work, sustained commitment and working closely with Defence to identify the contract data requirements and effectively deliver them in a practical and timely manner all within a COVID-19 impacted world."

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