Lockheed Martin signs C4i for Air 6500

Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a contract with C4i, an Australian secure communications systems company, as part of a proposal to provide advanced secure communications capabilities to support the RAAF’s Air 6500 Phase 1 project (Air 6500- 1).

The contract will see the two companies work together to design, test, integrate and authenticate secure voice communication technologies as part of the de-risking phase of the transition to Lockheed Martin Australia’s proposal to acquire Air 6500-1.

Secure Communication Systems technologies will focus on in-house developed secure voice communication systems that connect to next-generation air rampart joint management C2 networks, while increasing system security, rapid response and interoperability in support of the RAAF’s Integrated Air and Defense Missile (IAMD) mission.

According to LMA, an intuitive human-machine interface (HMI) is being developed that will connect operators while integrating a range of disparate systems – data, radio, telephony, facility control and recording – anywhere, anytime. . HMI will connect across classified and unclassified networks to help RAAF air combat managers make faster, data-driven decisions to stay ahead of future threats.

“C4i is delighted to be working with Lockheed Martin Australia on the AIR6500-1, which builds on our joint work for the Air Battle Management business,” said Kerrie Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing, C4i.

“C4i is committed to providing a purpose-built cyber-evidence communication system that enables ADF to communicate securely and seamlessly across multiple domains and in the most demanding operations.

“We provide secure voice C2 systems that can scale to support connecting hundreds of operators, enabling operational flexibility, multiple data paths and no single point of failure. This ensures that personnel on the ground or in the air has the freedom to complete the task at hand – knowing the system behind them is always up to the task.”

“Lockheed Martin Australia is delighted to partner with C4i,” said Kendell Kuczma, Lockheed Martin Australia’s International Business Development Manager for Rotary and Missions Systems.

“We understand that the ADF needs reliable, fast and secure voice communication systems that it can rely on during operations. This contract demonstrates our commitment to building a sovereign voice communications system for Air 6500-1 to enable rapid decision making at the tactical and strategic levels of command and control in joint force operations.

“This vital work enhances the cybersecurity of Lockheed Martin Australia’s Open Systems Architecture program solution for AIR6500-1 to meet current and future ADF operational requirements.”

“Our reputation for providing highly sophisticated cross-domain common C2 platforms, combined with C4i’s industry-leading expertise in interoperable C2 voice systems, means we are the natural strategic partner of choice to deliver a system of systems AIR6500 which will provide persistent defense against future and missile threats to protect Australia’s national security,” Kuczma said.

Lockheed Martin Australia is one of two shortlisted companies selected to participate in the Air 6500 competitive evaluation process to lead the design, development and delivery of the Joint Air Combat Management System (JABMS). The strategic partner chosen for the JABMS should be announced at the end of 2023.

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