Complex systems design company Shoal Group has partnered with Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) to
Project (JP) 9102 with the aim of providing a Next Generation Military Satellite Communications System (MILSATCOM)
The JP9102 Australian Défense Satellite Communications System will provide an independent and sovereign system
communications network and an enhanced space control program that will significantly improve the military
capacity. The MILSATCOM sovereign system will tackle the Australian legacy network which is based on SATCOM
provided by international allies and trading companies.
Shoal has experience in many of the largest and most complex defence skills acquisition and maintenance skills
Lockheed Martin Australia’s JP9102 solution is used at every stage of projects the project.
“Our partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia reflects the trust, respect and complementary skills that our companies offer everything you need to implement a project of this magnitude and importance. It’s based on heritage successful multidisciplinary collaboration in everything from submarine warfare to integrated aviation and missiles Défense, and now space communications, ”said Sean Wilson, founder and head of business. Development in the Shoal Group.
“Shoal Group specialises in engineering solutions for complex systems of systems and by partnering with
Lockheed Martin Australia in the delivery of a ‘world’s best’ MILSATCOM sovereign satellite communications
system we see the exponential potential for our business in terms of space systems capability development
and long-term growth.”
“The benefits of adopting early-stage systems engineering in a project like JP9210 puts the focus on designing a
system that addresses the needs of Defence to inform an end-to-end solution. We understand when there is
uncertainty in complexity and how to mitigate risk.”
Early risk mitigation activities have been underway since mid-2020 and have so far included capability
definition, proposal development, systems design, integration management, and supply chain strategy
“As a sovereign capability partner on various Defence programs, Lockheed Martin Australia has long recognised that Shoal Group punches above its weight in the complex world of model-based system engineering,” said David Ball, Space Regional Director, Lockheed Martin Australia.
“This teaming agreement combines Shoal Group’s expertise and Lockheed Martin Australia’s optimal solution
for a resilient, operationally superior military satellite system.”
“The Shoal Group’s multi-award-winning team brings unmatched expertise in the use of digital design tools
and analyses that support us in minimizing risks and maximizing deadline security. This teaming builds up
Lockheed Martins proven experience with superior military satellite communication solutions and will be the
Development of a sovereign MILSATCOM system, which is characterized by its resilience and operational capability
Along with early-stage systems engineering, Shoal Group will continue to support Lockheed Martin Australia
for JP9102 for solution design, including key design reviews and modeling, simulation, and analysis.