LMA and Clearbox Systems integrate military satellite communications

Clearbox Systems and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) have successfully completed ground segment software integration as part of their work on an end-to-end sovereign military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system for defense .

The Canberra communications hardware and software developer has integrated its Foresight Centralized Monitoring and Control (CMC) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM) applications with LMA’s Integrated Ground Environment demonstrator.

This collaboration under the JP9102 defense project included integration with LMA’s control segment software, as well as enhancements to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and free and open source software (FOSS) applications for the cybersecurity and operational capabilities.

Chris Jewell, Lockheed Martin Space JP9102 Program Manager, said, “By investing in systems integration at this early stage, LMA minimizes technical risk and ensures it can more seamlessly deliver a superior MILSATCOM solution on the ground. operational plan within a timeframe that meets the requirements of the defense schedule.

“Lockheed Martin Australia’s enduring relationship with Clearbox is representative of our broader commitment to investing in and developing the capabilities of Australian SMEs, and to strengthening the country’s defense and space industries.”

Successful integration represents a key milestone and helps mitigate technical risks on the ground and control segments of the system, supporting project execution on time and on budget.

LMA and Clearbox demonstrate an increasingly mature relationship between multinationals and SMEs, as part of LMA’s commitment to Australian industry by preparing SMEs to work with defense and prime contractors.

Clearbox CEO Matt Collins-Leslie said, “It’s a win-win situation, providing Lockheed Martin Australia with access to industry-leading software solutions and Clearbox with access to the resources needed to grow our team and expand our offer.”

In addition to Clearbox, LMA has engaged a network of local industries for JP9102, including Av-Comm, Blacktree, Calytrix Technologies, Conscia, DXC, EM Solutions, Inovor Technologies, Linfox, Ronson Gears, Shoal Group, and STEM Punks.

Image: Clearbox Systems

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Melvin B. Baillie