Lockheed Martin clinched an ambitious $2.7 billion sovereign military satellite communications program in Australia, and they are set to revolutionize the future of the Australian Defense Forces (ADF). 

At the heart of this multibillion-dollar investment is Project JP 9102, set to provide the Australian government with a next-generation, transformational “sovereign satellite communications” capability, bringing the country a strategic game changer and elevating it to the ranks of a select few nations with such capabilities. 

This is the largest defense space contract ever awarded in Australia’s history, and it marks a significant step forward for the country in terms of military defense technology.

Lockheed Martin Australia’s historical pride and capabilities are borne from decades of working experience with the Australian Department of Defense. It started its growing space presence in 1998 with the Uralla Station investment.

Vice President International for Lockheed Martin Space Rod Drury said that the aerospace giant has expertise in the entire satellite system, from ground stations to commercial and civil space systems, as well as defense communications and Earth observation. Drury adds that the civil aspects of its space portfolio relate to the “exploratory aspects of space,” but “it is a military space in an organizational context under which the JP9102 program is pursued, and its ultimate delivery will fall.”

The chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand,  Warren McDonald,  expressed optimism about the multi-billion Australian military program.

“We are proud to be selected as the preferred bidder to deliver this critical capability to the Australian Defence Force.  This capability will provide the Australian Defense Force with robust connectivity and reliable information when and where they need it, and by extension, contribute further to the growth and development of Australia’s defense and space industries.”

McDonald stressed that his team would leverage its extensive experience in resilient satellite communications networks and space-based mission solutions for the JP9102 program.