Lockheed Martin Australia has partnered with Penten to deliver advanced cyber security capabilities to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s AIR6500 Phase 1 Project (AIR6500-1): Competitive Evaluation Process Stage 2.

The contract will see the two companies collaborate to investigate and design a cyber security framework that supports risk reduction in the transition into the AIR6500-1 acquisition. The cyber security technologies will focus on sovereign secure mobility, tactical communications security, cyber deception, cryptography and applied artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect, track and mitigate cyber threats. This critical work will reinforce the security of Lockheed Martin Australia’s open systems architecture program solution for AIR6500-1 to meet emerging and future operational needs of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Penten’s General Manager Applied AI, Ben Whitham said, “Penten is very excited to work with Lockheed Martin Australia on AIR6500-1. Penten is dedicated to delivering world-leading security technologies that enable the modern warfighter with information to deliver an edge and win the fight. We solve the most complex cyber challenges of tomorrow and are proud to design an agile cyber security framework together with Lockheed Martin Australia that will protect our nation’s sovereignty.”

Steve Froelich, Lockheed Martin Australia AIR6500 Program Executive said, “Lockheed Martin Australia is delighted to collaborate with Penten. The contract signifies a commitment to designing a sovereign full-spectrum capability solution for AIR6500-1 that will safeguard the ADF’s air battle management capability, data and information to ensure fast, secure and high-quality information is delivered to the warfighter to stay ahead of the threat. Our track record in delivering complex joint all domain platforms fortified with cyber-resilient tools matched with Penten’s groundbreaking expertise in defence technologies, means we are the right partner to deliver the best Joint Air Battle Management System that will provide the ADF with persistent defence against future air and missile threats,” Froelich said.

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