www.landforces.com.auConsilium Technology is currently designing and testing a range of technologies that can be integrated into Lockheed Martin Australia’s future Joint Air Battle Management solution for the Royal Australian Air Force’s AIR6500 Phase 1 Project (AIR6500-1).

In 2019, Consilium Technology embarked on its AIR6500 journey with Lockheed Martin Australia. The first endeavour involved developing a proof-of-concept integration of Defence Science Technology Group’s (DSTG) SMARTNet (Semantically Managed Autonomous and Resilient Tactical Networking) system into Lockheed Martin Australia’s advanced C2 surveillance demonstrator technology. Following initial testing, the two teams then successfully demonstrated joint all domain air battle management networking capabilities to the RAAF.

Consilium Technology’s Chief Information Officer Nick Cooper said “It’s an exciting opportunity for Consilium Technology to contribute to a major defence program together with industry partners and the Royal Australian Air Force to shape Australia’s future Joint Air Battle Management capabilities. Proudly, our investments and partnerships with Lockheed Martin Australia on AIR6500-1 has meant our company has grown in size and capability. The collaboration also provides Consilium Technology with greater access to global markets to drive export opportunities.”

In 2021, the Consilium Technology team of skilled engineers have focused on examining modelling, simulation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that can be rapidly combined into an open architecture framework to support next generation concepts and application development for AIR6500-1. As part of the risk reduction strategy for AIR6500-1, Consilium Technology have explored the use of machine learning through investigating reinforced learning approaches to support the RAAF’s future all-domain data transfer capabilities during contested warfighting environments. Consilium Technology’s AI capabilities are being integrated into the Lockheed Martin Australia AIR6500-1 solution, powered by sovereign open architecture and a tactical cloud, to meet emerging and future operational needs of the Australian Defence Force.

AIR6500-1 will provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a Joint Air Battle Management System that will form the architecture at the core of the ADF’s future Integrated Air and Missile Defence capability. This will provide greater situational awareness and defence against increasingly advanced air and missile threats, as well as give the ADF increased levels of interoperability with coalition partners.

Consilium Technology’s Chief Executive Officer, Seth Thuraisingham said “The AIR6500 program is critically important for Australia’s Defence capability. Lockheed Martin Australia has been an outstanding and engaging partner to work with, which will only lead to more innovative outcomes. We are excited to be working with Lockheed Martin Australia to achieve next generation outcomes for Australia’s Future Joint Air Battle Management System.”

Lockheed Martin Australia’s Head of Engineering and Technology, David Butler said “Consilium Technology are one of our key small to medium enterprise partners that we are collaborating with for the AIR6500 solution.” Further he said, “Consilium Technology are terrific partners to work with. They provide cutting-edge AI and machine learning technologies that are highly advanced and are game changers for the future of joint air battle management operations.”

Lockheed Martin Australia is one of the two primes, down selected to participate in the Royal Australian Air Force’s AIR6500 Phase 1 Project (AIR6500-1): Competitive Evaluation Process Stage 2 (CEPS2).

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