Boost to Satellite Communications
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued July 10, 2017)
Our deployed forces will receive a major communications boost after Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced a $223 million contract with Northrop Grumman Australia for the acquisition, construction and support of a new satellite ground station.

Minister Pyne said the satellite ground station will be built at Kapooka in New South Wales along with an integrated network management system.

“Subject to Parliamentary Works Committee approval, Australian company Hansen and Yuncken will start construction later this year,” Minister Pyne said.

“The project will also provide economic benefits to the Riverina region where goods and services such as fencing, concrete and other materials can be sourced locally during the build phase.”

“Once constructed, the facility will also be serviced by a small number of maintenance personnel and operated remotely.”

Minister Pyne said JP2008 Phase 5B2 will support local jobs as well as deliver on the Turnbull Government’s commitment to maintaining Australia’s Defence capability and strategic advantage into the future as outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

“The satellite ground station will enable deployed forces across the Pacific and Indian Ocean Region to connect to Defence’s strategic information networks back in Australia,” he said.

Minister Payne said the technology will assist with a range of operations in our region including border protection humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

“The Kapooka ground station will operate in conjunction with a satellite ground station in Western Australia to provide Defence with the level of wideband satellite communications, capacity and survivability needed in the future.”

“The network management system will introduce best practise planning and management of all Defence’s wideband satellite communications assets.”

“The system will enable reduced operational response times for establishing and restoring satellite communications services, significantly helping deployed forces,” Minister Payne said.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

(ends)



Northrop Grumman Australia Awarded Contract to Deliver Next-Generation Satellite Communications for the Australian Defence Force
(Source: Northrop Grumman; issued July 10, 2017)
CANBERRA --- The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide systems that will expand Australia’s ability to fully realise its investment in the most advanced U.S. military satellites and increase communications coverage, capacity and connectivity for Australian troops and commanders worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Australia Awarded Contract to Deliver Next-Generation Satellite Communications for the Australian Defence Force

Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia, and Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, Head of the Joint Systems Division for the Australian Defence Force, sign the Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2 contract. Under the contact, Northrop Grumman will deliver a satellite ground station at Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and a wideband satellite communications network management system that supports home station and deployed forces.

The ADF’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group awarded the $AUD 223 million contract to Northrop Grumman Australia last month.

Australia joined the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system program in 2007, providing funds to expand the constellation in return for a worldwide share of WGS bandwidth.

Joint Project 2008 is a large multiphase project to deploy an integrated wideband satellite communications (SATCOM) system for the ADF. Under Phase 5B2 of the program, Northrop Grumman and its partners ViaSat Inc. and Optus will deliver a satellite ground station at Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and a wideband SATCOM network management system that supports home station and deployed forces.

The ground station and network management system will be integrated into the WGS constellation of highly capable, secure military communications satellites.

Northrop Grumman will provide a network management capability aligned with and functionally similar to the one developed for the United States that successfully manages and monitors the WGS system. It will be complemented by the proven performance of the ViaSat dual-band satellite terminal and the Australian operating experience of Optus.

“Our team of Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and Optus will provide the ADF a comprehensive, mature, proven solution for taking full advantage of Australia’s investment in the WGS global communications system with expandability to meet future needs,” said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia.

Operating out of Orlando, Florida, Northrop Grumman has been providing the United States with satellite communications software tools for nearly 20 years that are critical in the activation and operations of the nine WGS satellites in orbit. The company’s Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) aligns with the U.S. system and provides an integrated operations and network management software that models, plans, schedules and monitors satellite communications and ground station networks.

“Northrop Grumman’s SCOPE core capabilities are the foundation of this proven, operational system that manages and monitors satellite communications today,” Irving said. “That experience forms the ADF sovereign capability, providing benefits to Australia while reducing program risk.”

The WGS constellation is a vital military asset providing Australia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand with reliable and secure communications services worldwide 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

ViaSat has a long history of delivering satellite communications terminals to customers in the United States and Canada; most recently, the company delivered 10 complete ground stations for Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) program. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs more than 3,400 people worldwide in the areas of technology development, customer service and network operations. For more information, please visit ViaSat at www.viasat.com.

Optus is Australia’s leading commercial satellite provider, with the largest fleet of satellites in Australia and New Zealand. Optus has played an integral role in the Australian Defence Force through the C1 communications satellite as well as operating Australia’s NBN satellites.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.

-ends-




prev next

Official reports See all