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Lockheed Martin Australia adds Av-Comm to growing JP9102 team
Av-Comm has been providing technical support to existing operations at LMA’s Uralla ground station for many years. (Credit: Av-Comm)

CANBERRA, 3 November, 2021 – Lockheed Martin Australia today announced that Av-Comm, a leading satellite communications infrastructure and services provider, will join its JP9102 proposal. The organisations will together support the delivery of a next-generation, sovereign military satellite communication (MILSATCOM) capability for the Australian Defence Force.

With experience spanning the government, defence, and telecommunication sectors, Sydney-based Av-Comm will support the installation of high capacity wide-band antenna and radio-frequency subsystems at several satellite ground stations. This includes work overseeing design, implementation, integration, and testing.

The JP9102 effort builds on an already strong relationship between Lockheed Martin and Av-Comm. Av-Comm has been a longstanding supplier of space hardware to Lockheed Martin Australia, providing technical support to existing operations at LMA’s Uralla, NSW ground station for many years.

“Av-Comm has a rich heritage in satellite communications, with a trusted reputation for ground services and connecting people on the move,” commented David Ball, Regional Director, Lockheed Martin Australia Space. “Av-Comm will help us deliver an operationally superior MILSATCOM solution for JP9102 and enhance the trust, reliability and collaboration that our team represents. As Lockheed Martin Australia continues to grow its JP9102 team, we are committed to strengthening Australia’s sovereign defence and space industry capability with a resilient MILSATCOM system that meets Australia’s strategic needs.”

“Working with Lockheed Martin Australia, a company committed to exceptional program performance and leading innovation, presents us with a unique and mutually beneficial opportunity to contribute to the future of Australia’s satellite communications capabilities,” said Michael Cratt, Av-Comm Managing Director. “As we support Lockheed Martin Australia to develop and deliver a superior satellite system, we welcome their support for us in expanding and up-skilling our workforce, strengthening our capacity to contribute to Australia’s sovereign space industry.”

Av-Comm joins a growing network of Australian service providers and SMEs, including Shoal Group, Clearbox Systems and Ronson Gears, that are supporting Lockheed Martin Australia to deliver best-of-breed sovereign solutions and supply chain opportunities for JP9102 and beyond.


About Lockheed Martin Australia

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,200 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

About Av-Comm

Av-Comm is a family-operated satellite communications infrastructure and services provider delivering projects across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Headquartered in Sydney with a team of 20 engineers, technicians, product developers and project managers, Av-Comm delivers solutions for a range of partners across Government, Defence, and Telecommunications.

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