ADF’s largest networked simulation system virtually delivered

Lockheed Martin Australia signed a contract with the Australian government this week to deliver Australia’s largest, networked simulation system.

CAPTION: Vikas Nayak, Systems Integrator Lockheed Martin Australia, demonstrates Phase 1 of Joint Project 9711 Core Simulation Capability at Lockheed Martin Australia in Canberra, while VIP visitors chat in the background. Lockheed Martin photo.

In partnership with Calytrix Technologies and NEC Australia, this team will work to transform how the Australian Defence Force trains and develops future generations of Defence personnel.

Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia Vince Di Pietro said the team of partners was providing a uniquely Australian solution for the ADF creating up to 100 jobs located in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

“The addition of 5th generation capabilities such as the F-35 and Aegis, means Australia has one of the most modern defence forces in the world,” Mr Di Pietro said.

“JP9711 will transform the ADF’s approach to training and simulation, ensuring the latest technologies are used to best prepare our service personnel for the complexity and challenges of the future.”

He said The partnership with Calytrix Technologies and NEC underpined Lockheed Martin’s continued commitment to developing and sustaining relationships with highly innovative high-tech local companies.

“Calytrix is a prime example of our commitment to Australian owned businesses, delivering not just job opportunities but the further development of its cutting-edge virtual 3D training software – Titan – as a core element of our solution, thus enhancing local IP and export opportunities.

Amy Gowder, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions based in Orlando, Florida, said, the Distributed Mission Training capability integrated live, virtual and constructive entities into one shared training environment, creating interoperability across all military platforms.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the contract Defence had entered into with Lockheed Martin Australia formed part of the Government’s total investment of $897 million in ADF simulation capabilities.

“The partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia will deliver Defence’s core simulation capability, and result in new simulation technologies integrating with existing ADF systems” Mr Pyne said.

“This important project will provide more simulation-supported training events on a broader scale, and ensure that simulation-enabled collective training is conducted in secure and realistic environments.”

Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds said the Lockheed Martin Australia consortium required a skilled workforce, increased by 100 personnel for this project, to deliver this transformative capability.

“I congratulate the consortium for their continued involvement in science, technology, engineering and maths – STEM – programs,” she said.

“We want our soldiers, sailors and aircrew to be fully prepared for any situation they may face and simulation is a vital part of that preparation, and provides training opportunities that are not always possible in real-world situations.”

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