Northrop Grumman Australia has announced that it has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to put forward a solution for the use of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The team is giving Australia an opportunity to access the Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) network management system, which is the only management, operating and monitoring system that has already been successfully integrated with the WGS system, Northrop Grumman stated.
In addition, the team is offering the proven performance of the ViaSat dual-band satellite terminals, and the satellite-operating experience of Optus.
“Australia has invested approximately $1 billion in WGS communications capabilities; Northrop Grumman’s offering will give Australia the ability to fully utilise this capability at the same standard as the US military,” stated Ian Irving, chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia.
“This program will form the core of the ADF’s sovereign capability in network management. We have developed unrivalled capabilities over 15 years of working closely with the WGS program in the United States, and look forward to working with the ADF to support and further develop this technology in Australia.”