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Lockheed uses AI in bid to win $2.7bn missile detection deal

written by Adam Thorn | February 25, 2022

Lockheed Martin has announced it will incorporate AI technology into its proposal to win a contract to revolutionise the RAAF’s ability to detect incoming missile threats.

The prime has tapped Adelaide-based Consilium Technology in its bid for the Commonwealth government’s $2.7 billion AIR6500 Phase 1 project.

Lockheed Martin Australia is currently in the final two of the competition along with Northrop Grumman, having already seen off Boeing and Raytheon, which participated in the first phase of the evaluation process.

AIR6500 Phase 1 is designed to provide the ADF with a next-generation Joint Air Battle Management System (JBAMS), improving Australia’s ability to defend itself against attacks from aircraft and missiles from enemies.


Its development is due to huge and ongoing advances in technology from countries around the world, which are increasingly utilising smarter missiles, drones and new space technology. A final decision is expected in 2023.

Consilium Technology’s chief information officer, Nick Cooper, said, “Our investments and partnerships with Lockheed Martin Australia on AIR 6500-1 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 December, Australian Aviation reported how Lockheed Martin said it would work with defence and technology firm Leidos on AIR 6500-1.

The pair said they will specifically investigate using automated monitoring and secure coding in their bid.

Lockheed’s AIR6500 program executive Steve Froelich pledged to integrate “best of breed” local technologies, adding that Leidos Australia’s advanced capabilities would help achieve a “truly sovereign solution”.


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