JP2072 Phase 2B Raytheon Australia teams with General Dynamics

Raytheon Australia has formally announced the company’s teaming for their pursuit of JP 2072 Phase 2B. In a briefing to media at the company’s corporate headquarters on 1 August 2011 Raytheon Australia’s Managing Director, Michael Ward, revealed that Raytheon Australia intends to prime JP2072 Phase 2B with the strong support of Raytheon Company (Network Centric Systems) and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

2nd Sep 2011


JP2072 Phase 2B Raytheon Australia teams with General Dynamics


Raytheon Australia has formally announced the company’s teaming for their pursuit of JP 2072 Phase 2B. In a briefing to media at the company’s corporate headquarters on 1 August 2011 Raytheon Australia’s Managing Director, Michael Ward, revealed that Raytheon Australia intends to prime JP2072 Phase 2B with the strong support of Raytheon Company (Network Centric Systems) and General Dynamics C4 Systems.


Ward pointed to the particular strengths that each of the teaming partners offered the team. “Raytheon Australia will prime our bid for JP 2072 Ph2B on the back of our strong landed presence in Australia and demonstrated capabilities to deliver upon such a complex undertaking. We will also be drawing upon the deep expertise of Raytheon Network Centric Systems in military communications systems and the vital experience of General Dynamics C4 Systems as the prime contractor for the off-the-shelf Warfighter Information Network –Tactical (WIN-T) system fielded with the US Army.”
It was announced earlier in the year that Raytheon Australia had won the contract to supply EPLRS and MicroLight tactical data radios as well as ancillaries, spares, support and training under Phase 1 of JP 2072. Phase 2B of the Joint Project will transition the Australian Army from the existing Parakeet trunk communications to a new Battlespace Communications System including enhanced trunking and switching infrastructure.


“The Commonwealth’s acquisition under this phase of the project will not only help move Army from an analogue to a digital force but will be pivotal for key Army programs in the years ahead,” Mr Ward said.
He stressed that this was not a time for a developmental solution and that it was important to consider a COTS/MOTS solution at a system level rather than a specific product level.
“We believe that the US WIN-T is the most viable MOTS solution for Phase 2B. It is fielded and in service with the US Army, it has the form and size requirements sought by the Australian Army and has a publicly declared growth path,” Ward said.
“There is also strong merit in selecting a system that is not only interoperable with the United States but can be integrated with US operations. That the US Government has committed to invest in WIN-T for years to come is particularly beneficial.”


Michael Ward also emphasised the value of selecting a system which has the support or a strong “parent service” amongst Australia’s allies.
As the team’s tender response would be framed around the WIN-T System, Raytheon’s teaming announcement was accompanied by a demonstration of the network management and training simulation software capabilities used within the US Army system.

 

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