Lockheed Martin Australia awards White Paper contracts to Australian industry

Lockheed Martin Australia has awarded eight contracts to
Australian industry and academic organisations for a combined value of
$600,000, to author White Papers on the development of novel and
emerging advanced technologies in support of Australia’s Attack Class
Submarine combat system.

This is the second cycle of research and
development (R&D), which is funded under the Future Submarine Combat
System Integrator Program.

The R&D Program is based on an
on-going nine-month cyclic process funded by the Commonwealth and
administered under the Lockheed Martin Australia contract. Each R&D
Cycle consists of proposals from industry and academia against a set of
published R&D topics.

After a competitive review and
assessment of proposal responses, down-selected responses are awarded a
contract to fund further development of a white paper. Upon completion
of the white papers, further contracts may be awarded to selected
respondents for Ongoing Capability Research.

The combat system
R&D Program features a continuous process to build ongoing
Australian combat system R&D capabilities that have been scaled to
meet the long-term needs and developing future capability and technology
for the Australian Submarine Force. The program includes a defined
approach for transition of successful R&D outcomes into the evolving
Attack class combat system baseline configurations. To date, two
R&D cycles are currently underway with a third cycle commencing
later this month.

Joe North, chief executive Lockheed Martin
Australia and New Zealand, said Lockheed Martin Australia looked forward
to working with the successful organisations to develop and deliver
world-class innovative technologies for Australia’s Attack Class
submarines.

“The Attack Class Submarine Program represents a
long-term, multimillion-dollar investment in the future defence and
security of our nation. Today’s announcement is another step towards
ensuring Australia has the technology and skills to deliver and maintain
a regionally superior submarine fleet”.

”Lockheed Martin
Australia, in concert with the Department of Defence is proud to be
creating genuine R&D opportunities for industry and academia to
develop enhanced and innovative combat system capabilities,” North said.

Industry
partner and managing director, Steve Barlow, Managing Director Airspeed
is pleased to be working on the R&D component of the program in
support of Lockheed Martin Australia and the Commonwealth following his
company’s award of a contract under the second R&D cycle.

“The
Airspeed team is excited by this opportunity to deliver a paper on the
suitability and benefits of advanced materials for the Attack Class
combat system. We are delighted to be working with Lockheed Martin
Australia in a collaborative environment with the potential to provide
real world outcomes for the program,” Barlow said.

The first cycle
of R&D contracts in March 2019 saw more than $900,000 allocated to
industry and academic institutions for White Paper development. These
Cycle 1 White Papers are currently being assessed for suitability for
the competitive award of contracts for longer term Ongoing Capability
Research.

A total of 54 responses were received for the R&D
Cycle 2 topics, and this reflected a 20 per cent increase in responses
over Cycle 1. The level of interest in the Program and Cycle 2 responses
showed wider participation from all Australian states and territories
and featured strong growth in participation by academia.

Requests
for the following topics under Cycle 2 projects were sought and the
organisations that have been successful for the award of contracts of
$75,000 each are shown against each topic:

  • Novel methods for reliable communications on an unstable platform
    • Contract awarded to Innovations for Humanity Pty Ltd from NSW
  • Emerging technologies for improved autonomous celestial navigation
    • Contract awarded to University of Adelaide
  • Distributed underwater sensor networks and their impact on submarine operations
    • No contracts were awarded under this topic for Cycle 2
  • Novel methods to integrate compressive sensing techniques
    • Contract awarded to University of South Australia
  • Novel methods to monitor, track and efficiently manage power within racks
    • Contract awarded to University of Melbourne
  • Use of advanced materials and fabrication processes to overcome Space, Weight, Power and Cooling constraints
    • Contract awarded to Airspeed Pty Ltd located in South Australia.
  • Investigation into real-time monitoring of human performance
    • Contract awarded to University of South Australia
  • Smart driven dynamic reallocation of computing resources based on compute demands
    • Two contracts were awarded under this topic to University of Tasmania and IPACS Australia Pty Ltd located in South Australia

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