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Babcock and Lockheed Martin Australia Deliver Trusted Partnership

Babcock Australasia and Lockheed Martin Australia have announced the signing of a collaboration agreement to deliver world-leading High Frequency (HF) communications to the Australian Defence Force.

The agreement marks the companies’ partnership in responding to the Commonwealth of Australia’s request to tender for an Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System (EDHFCS) under Joint Project 9101.

Babcock Australasia’s Managing Director – Land, Graeme Nayler, said the agreement aligns the companies’ submission with the Department of Defence’s commitment to integration and collaboration, while delivering a robust and agile solution.

“Babcock and Lockheed Martin Australia are working together to partner with Defence, building on our track record of trusted delivery to the customer,” he said.

“We offer better value for money by drawing on our combined capability and capacity to deliver a sovereign solution that provides a performance edge to the Australian Defence Force.”

“We offer more than other vendors by providing more than just equipment. Our partnership delivers a unique combination of customer-centric, trusted service delivery together with a proven technological solution.”

In New Zealand, Babcock was recently awarded the contract to provide enhanced HF radio communications to the New Zealand Defence Force by 2023 together with a second contract to deliver through-life-support for the twenty years to follow.

In the UK, Babcock has provided a Defence High Frequency Communications Service to the UK Ministry of Defence for 18 years and welcomes the prospect of HF service delivery to the United States and Canada when the opportunity arises in future, serving all nations of the Five Eyes Alliance.

Lockheed Martin Australia’s Rotary and Mission Systems Business Development Director, Neale Prescott, said our partnership unites our vast breadth of experience and technical heritage in HF technologies to provide the right solution for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“Our collaboration ensures we will remain focused on delivering cutting edge HF technology solutions that are effective and interoperable and will ultimately best support the ADF’s critical missions” he said.

“Lockheed Martin Australia’s proven expertise in building, integrating and sustaining advanced technology systems across complex multi-domain platforms fused with Babcock’s global HF communications experience, means we are the natural partner of choice to deliver a capability edge to the ADF.”

About Lockheed Martin Australia

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,000 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

About Babcock

Babcock International Group, the Defence and aerospace company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services for over a century. With revenue of around AU$9.5 billion in 2018/19, we help customers improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within our four market domains of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure, and specialist training.

In Australia and New Zealand, Babcock operates nationally, employing over 1300 talented people. Operating across Defence, Emergency Services and Oil & Gas sectors, supporting our customers’ technical, programme and complex platform requirements through our proven processes, systems and people. We are proud to help keep our nation secure, our communities safe and the country moving, using Babcock’s specialist skills and knowledge to facilitate our client’s operational requirements.

A global solution being delivered locally.

For further information, contact:

Babcock Australasia

Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare

Head of Marketing & Communications

[email protected]

Mobile + 61 414 439 347

Lockheed Martin Australia

Michelle Scully

Head of Communications Australia and New Zealand

[email protected]

Mobile +61 448 032 387

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