Lockheed Martin Selected as Australian Defence Force’s Strategic Partner for AIR6500

Lockheed Martin has been selected as the strategic partner to steward AIR6500 Phase 1 (AIR6500-1) by the Australian Department of Defence.

Noteworthy, AIR6500-1 will provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) that will form the ground-breaking architecture at the core of the ADF’s future Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) capability.

This first-of-its-kind system will provide greater situational awareness and defence against increasingly advanced air and missile threats, as well as give the ADF increased levels of interoperability with the United States and allied partners.

Since 2015, Lockheed Martin Australia has been highly dedicated to supporting ADF’s vision to transform into a fully integrated and IAMD capable force through AIR6500-1.

Lockheed Martin Australia has advanced a sovereign AIR6500-1 system solution that has been built from the ground up in Australia by Australians to safeguard Australia’s national security.

To-date, Lockheed Martin Australia has:

  • Validated more than 130 Australian small to medium enterprises as potential partners.
  • Awarded contracts to more than 10 leading-edge companies such as Leidos Australia, Consunet, Consilium, C4I, Silentium, Penten, Lucid Consulting Engineering, and engaged with prime contractors, Raytheon and Boeing, during the risk reduction phase to develop an agile, integrated AIR6500 solution.
  • Committed AUD$74M to establish the nation’s future IAMD ecosystem to accelerate collaboration between academia, industry, Defence, and allied partners on IAMD capabilities. The IAMD ecosystem is expected to create more than 400 direct and 1,000 indirect local jobs.
  • Invested over AUD$100M into AIR6500.
  • Grown its sovereign workforce to over 200 Australian staff now dedicated to AIR6500.
  • Invested over AUD$10M to upgrade its Endeavour Centre to engage, explore, test, design and problem solve together with the ADF and industry through innovation, war gaming, exercises and more.

Source: https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2023-08-28-Lockheed-Martin-Australia-Selected-as-Australian-Defence-Forces-Strategic-Partner-for-AIR6500