Lockheed Martin Australia said Monday (27 July) that it has completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the Department of Defence’s JP9711-1 Core Simulation Capability despite the global challenges of COVID-19. The company said the completion “is a significant milestone as it lays the foundational path forward for establishing the baseline software architecture for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) largest, networked training system that links virtual and constructive simulation to live training events”. The JP9711 system will provide the ADF with a Core Simulation Capability that delivers simulation-enabled collective training in support of current and future defence operations, ensuring the ongoing operational readiness of ADF personnel. The Lockheed Martin programme team in Canberra and Orlando generated a digital solution to assure the COVID-19 impacts and restrictions did not prohibit the team from completing the review.

Joe North, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand. (PHOTO: Lockheed Martin Australia)

Joe North, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand said Lockheed Martin Australia was proud of the achievement. “This milestone demonstrates Lockheed Martin Australia’s steadfast commitment and focus in delivering an innovative and timely solution to meet the critical operational needs of the Department of Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group. This outcome is a positive example of Australia’s sustainable sovereign industrial capability in full swing, with our global teams working in concert to successfully plan and execute a software PDR on schedule. The Canberra and Orlando teams connected daily in a virtual environment assuring the transfer of knowledge during program execution, which saw our highly skilled Australian team deliver the PDR on time. It was a great outcome and we look forward to focusing on the next milestone in support of CIOG’s priorities,” North said.

In collaboration with Defence, the Lockheed Martin programme team worked to review a range of complex and highly detailed documents, deliver 26 priority one documents, two Contract Data Requirements List items, 10 technical data presentations, and 26 tech interchange meetings.

Malcom Wright, programme manager at Lockheed. (PHOTO: via LinkedIn)

Malcolm Wright, programme manager JP9711-1 at Lockheed Martin Australia,  acknowledged the strong cooperation with Defence on the ability to meet the PDR milestone. “The remarkable collaboration between our Lockheed Martin program team on both sides of the Pacific in partnership with Defence was key to achieving this positive outcome. This successful PDR was a culmination of sheer hard work, sustained commitment and working closely with Defence to identify the contract data requirements and effectively deliver them in a practical and timely manner all within a COVID-19 impacted world. We exited PDR due to a lot of hard work and dedication by the whole team,” Wright said.

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