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Lockheed Martin Australia, Penten join forces for AIR6500

Local cyber company Penten has been tapped by the global defence prime to deliver advanced cyber security capabilities in support of its joint system of systems offering for the RAAF.

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Wed, 11 May 2022
Lockheed Martin Australia, Penten join forces for AIR6500
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Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has onboarded the support of Penten for the delivery of advanced cyber security capabilities as part of Competitive Evaluation Process Stage 2 of its bid for the Royal Australian Air Force’s Joint Air Battle Management Systems Project (AIR6500-1).

The project involves delivering a joint BMS designed to enable the ADF’s future integrated air and missile defence capability, providing greater situational awareness and defence against current and emerging air and missile threats.

In partnering with LMA, Penten has agreed to support the investigation and design of a cyber security framework, capable of supporting risk reduction ahead of the transition into the AIR6500-1 acquisition.


The cyber security technologies will be designed to focus on sovereign secure mobility, tactical communications security, cyber deception, cryptography and applied artificial intelligence and machine learning.

These capabilities are expected to help detect, track and mitigate cyber threats, while also reinforcing the security of Lockheed Martin Australia’s open systems architecture program solution to meet emerging and future operational needs of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Penten’s general manager - applied AI, Ben Whitham, welcomed the opportunity to support LMAs proposal to develop an advanced system of systems for the RAAF.

“Penten is dedicated to delivering world-leading security technologies that enable the modern warfighter with information to deliver an edge and win the fight,” he said.

“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 the partnership reflects the company’s commitment to designing a sovereign full-spectrum capability solution to safeguard the ADF’s air battle management capability, data and information.

“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.

Penten is the latest of a number of companies to join the LMA-led push to secure the AIR6500 Phase 1 contract.

LMA is competing against Northrop Grumman Australia, with a government decision expected in 2023.

[Related: Cyber warfare in Ukraine and Russia dominates threat landscape]

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