Lockheed Martin Australia - Future Submarine



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Ariane Lopes
Supply Chain Manager Defence ICNSA
+61 435 962 688
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Jeff Camburn, ICN SA
+61 8 8303 2054
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  Locations: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Australia
  Project Status: Design
  Project Owner Lockheed Martin Australia

Project Details


Future Submarine Combat System Program


Lockheed Martin Australia is the combat system integrator for Australia's Future Submarine Program, partnering with the Department of Defence and Naval Group to design and integrate the combat system for the future fleet.


Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) is committed to maximising opportunities for Australian industry involvement through all phases of the Future Submarine Program and are seeking interest from industry to inform the design phase of the program. 


The Future Submarine Combat System Program presents an opportunity for Australian Industry to participate in an exciting and strategically important program to build and maintain an enduring and regionally superior Australian submarine capability. This is a long Program and the technological solutions potentially sought may not necessarily have been invented yet. Therefore, Research and Development (R&D) will play an integral function in the successful delivery of the Program.


LMA invites companies to register their interest in participating in the Combat System Program for consideration to receive Request for Quotation for systems and subsystems as detailed below. 

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Research and Development (R&D)

The Research and Development (R&D) program has been developed to support and respond to the short- and long-term capability and technology needs for the Future Submarine Program.


The R&D Program aims to:

•   Drive capability improvement over the life of the Future Submarine

•   Meet the Future Submarine’s lifecycle operational needs

•   Support the establishment of an Australian industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine.


Please note that in relation to the documents supplied as part of the R&D activity detailed below, copies of the Non-Disclosure Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement and Conditions of Contract are provided for reference only in regards to each separate work package. These documents should not be submitted independent of a work package.


Naval Group of France was announced as Australia's international partner for the design of the Future Submarine in April 2016 and a Design and Mobilisation Contract was signed on  30 September 2016. To register interest in becoming a supplier to Naval Group click HERE.


For more information on the Future Submarine Program click HERE.

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01 Combat System Infrastructure and Architecture29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
This includes processing, consoles, enclosure and cables. Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
02 On-board Systems Training05 Sep 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Write training materials and user manuals for on-board systems. The delivery of user-based training using simulation tools and techniques.
03 Navigation Sensors and Processing29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
04 Underwater Communications29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
05 Acoustic Sensors and Processing29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
06 Electronic Warfare (EW) / Electronic Support Measures (ESM) / Visual Sensors and Processing29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
07 Australian Tactical Software Applications29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
08 External and Internal Communications and Sensors29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
09 Combat System Support and Engineering Services29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Certification, Modelling, Reqts Analysis, Simulation.
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
10 Other Products/Subsystems / Research and Development29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
Uninhabited Underwater Vehicles and Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UxV) Recovery Solutions10 Dec 201815 Jan 2019 
  
Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) is seeking Expressions of Interest from Australian Industry in regards to potentially available and development variants of submarine-installed UxV recovery systems for UxVs. The UxV's may be ownership launched or UxV's launched from other platforms (referred to as third party UxV's).
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FSP-CS-RT-12 Innovative training approaches10 Sep 201822 Oct 2018 
  
An investigation into innovative training approaches for submariner operator, maintainer and command team training.

This R&D activity is to identify emerging methods and technologies that will increase the effectiveness of submariner operator, maintainer and command team training. A holistic approach is required to not only consider the applicability of new technologies, but to also introduce new methods to measure how well submariners learn, retain, and apply new knowledge over time. Training systems may be offboard and/or onboard and be undertaken through a combination of live, virtual and constructive methods. The research should explore a diverse range of industries for potential solutions which have not traditionally been employed by Defence.
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FSP-CS-RT-111 Communications at Speed and Depth18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
An investigation into methods and technologies is required to improve the speed and depth performance of tethered and deployable antennas. This research topic focuses on improving antennas with servicing frequency bands from VLF to VHF. Low frequency bands are a significant challenge due to the large physical size of the required antenna, in particular for communication transmissions.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-123 Visualization of Bioluminescence Data18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
Mitigation of bioluminescence is a prime focus for accomplishing submarine detection avoidance. However, current bioluminescence information is presented quantitively in the format of numerical data, which demands substantial effort and experience from the submarine operators to determine the risk to overall submarine signature.
This research topic aims to address two high-level questions around detection and visualisation of bioluminescence:
1) What data would the visualization of bioluminescence include? and
2) How would the trail be presented? This research topic consists of the following objectives:
. Identification of critical bioluminescence input data required to develop a model
. Development of the bioluminescence data model
. Visualisation of bioluminescence data
. Integration and presentation of the bioluminescence data to submarine operators
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-136 Above Water Laser Communication18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
Laser communication using optical electromagnetic radiation has been recognized as a potential alternative to traditional radio frequency (RF) signals. There are however several challenges associated with laser communication systems, such as atmospheric effects and the acquisition/tracking of receiving/transmitting system that need to be overcome. This research topic aims to investigate the viability of laser communication systems mounted on a submarine mast to exchange information with above-water units such as ships, aircrafts, and satellites.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-137 Novel Recovery Approaches of Submarine-launched UUVs and UAVs18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
This research aims at investigating potential methods of recovering submarine-launched UUVs and UAVs through both traditionally sized torpedo tube and other novel approaches. Installation of temporary support equipment may be included as part of the recovery system design. This study will explore non-conventional recovery approaches and evaluate their pros/cons against methods currently being considered.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-142 Intelligent Mission Recording18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
The amount of raw data recorded during the duration of submarine operation is enormous. Reducing the amount of archived data by selectively recording the information of interest could potentially reduce SWAP space and associated support facilities on the submarine, which may also speed up post-mission analysis.
This research topic aims at developing an intelligent system capable of monitoring the submarine operations, and determining the relevance and criticality of the data that warrants recording. The developed learning engine could also take in inputs from operators that manually control data retention to refine its operation.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-146 Investigating effective anti-fouling and anti-corrosion treatments18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
Investigating effective anti-fouling and anti-corrosion treatments to mitigate Sonar array degradation

Fouling on the submarine points to the build-up of unwanted marine materials on the solid surface, which degrades the performance of the platform and its sensors. The phenomenon causes a negative effect on acoustic sensor performance, maintenance, hydrodynamics, and the overall propulsion efficiency of the submarine. This research topic aims to investigate effective antifouling and anti-corrosion treatments to mitigate sensor degradation. Whilst there are currently anti-fouling coatings applied to naval vessels, the treatments are generally effective only for approximately 5 years. Development treatments of greater efficacy will reduce the rate of sensor degradation, mitigate acoustic signatures, and therefore increase the overall stealth capability of the submarine.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-45 Research supporting the development of visual sensor prediction (range of the day) tool18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
An understanding of the performance characteristics of visual sensors in the current environmental conditions is critical to situational awareness. Accurate determination of sensor performance requires derivation from meteorological, biological, operational parameters and atmospheric conditions that are constantly changing and difficult to predict.
This research topic aims to develop methods and algorithms to predict the performance of visual sensors by determining the critical input data required, the feasibility of acquiring such data with the required currency and fidelity, and the potential application of the data collected. Consideration should also be given to evaluate the uncertainty/noise level of the data, and to develop effective methods in order to validate the accuracy and performance of the overall system.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-72 Asset Maintenance Techniques18 Mar 202116 Apr 2021 
 
This research topic aims to develop a predictive maintenance system leveraging the operation profile data (power/ temperature/ vibration/ transmission rate) collected via submarine data structures, built-in wireless sensors, and self-noise monitoring system. These operational data, when profiled using next-generation artificial intelligence, will serve as benchmark to evaluate the health status of each equipment, and in return provide submariners the ability to support the conduct of remote maintenance, develop maintenance training programs, and simulate/plan scheduled/un-scheduled maintenance.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
Unsolicited White Papers - Research and Development Program07 Aug 201931 Jan 2023 
 
Industry is able to develop at-risk an unsolicited white paper for consideration by the FSP-CSI R&D Program. The R&D topic may be derived by industry but is recommended to be in alignment with one of the research areas identified in the R&D program pathway document.

Prior to developing an unsolicited white paper, please consider the following:

- The unsolicited white paper will not be funded by the FSP-CSI R&D Program.
- A delay may be experienced given the administrative burden involved with out of cycle proposals.
- The FSP-CSI R&D Program may reject the white paper if not in alignment with the program.
- The FSP-CSI R&D Program has the authority to use the high-level idea (not the proposed research) as a topic for broader industry response as part of the standard pathway.

For further information refer to the R&D program pathway document on the ICN page or contact the program.
FSP-CS-RT-108 Novel methods for reliable communications on an unstable platform 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

INNOVATIONS FOR HUMANITY PTY LTD

3 Berilda Avenue
Warrawee, NSW
Australia 2074
Email: karu.esselle.777@gmail.com

This R&D activity is to explore novel methods or technologies that may provide reliable communications on an unstable platform. The R&D activity will explore the performance of directional transmissions across a range of Sea States, methods to stabilise the antenna and integration of the technology into a Size,Weight, Power & Cooling (SWAP-C) constrained environment.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-112 Integration of SATCOM bearers in a single antenna payload 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

E M SOLUTIONS PTY LTD

55 Curzon Street
TENNYSON, QLD
Australia 4105
Phone: +61 7 3414 0700
Fax: +61 7 3414 0799
Email: info@emsolutions.com.au
Web: www.emsolutions.com.au

This R&D activity is to explore novel methods or technologies to provide Narrowband (UHF), Wideband (SHF) and GPS satellite communication bearers in a single highly SWaP constrained mast-based antenna payload. In particular this R&D activity would explore the receive performance of the system across a range of motion environments and elevation angles for each of the supported bearers.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-121 Console design in-line with and beyond state-of-the-art currently developed for ships 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (UNISA)

37-44 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA
Australia 5000
Phone: +61 8 8302 0896
Email: business-partners@unisa.edu.au
Web: http://www.unisabusinessschool.edu.au/

Combat System Consoles serve as a critical means of interaction between the crew and the various sensor, array, alerts, control, and communication interfaces comprising a state of the art submarine Combat System. The key enabling solutions, including displays, operator input devices, supporting processing, and networking technologies rapidly evolve. This presents challenges for both managing technological obsolescence and deploying new capabilities to a long service life submarine platform. Furthermore, fixed operator footprints and structures may constrain the evolution of the Console solution.

This R&D activity seeks innovative approaches to; 1. Mitigating some of the challenges encountered with fixed console solutions as technologies evolve, or 2. Looking beyond present console architectures while providing the same level of information display, control and situational awareness offered to individual operators and to the entire complement of on-watch crew.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-122 Innovative ways to manage cables 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

University Drive
CALLAGHAN, NSW
Australia 2308
Phone: +61 02 4921 5000
Fax: +61 02 4985 4200
Web: http://www.newcastle.edu.au

Cable and cable interconnect interfaces must reliably provide critical system connectivity throughout a range of challenging operating conditions. Often maintenance, repair, modification, and replacement activities are constrained by limited physical access. Furthermore, high performance and high reliability cable interconnect interfaces and repair parts can be bulky, expensive, and subject to long lead times.

This R&D activity seeks to explore novel methods of joining cable interfaces, managing cable interfaces or enabling easily upgradeable cable solutions over the life of the platform. Proposed solutions should investigate options to improve upon one or more of the above noted challenges, including size, weight, maintenance, ease of access, management of high cable and cable interconnect density, interconnect lead time, and total cost. Consideration should be given to overall cable interface and cable management system performance and reliability.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-13 Emerging technologies for improved autonomous celestial navigation 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

University of Adelaide

North Terrace
Adelaide, SA
Australia 5005
Phone: +61 8 8313 5020
Email: rbpenquiries@adelaide.edu.au

This R&D activity is to explore new technologies and algorithms that will improve autonomous celestial navigation whilst maintaining a covert posture. This R&D activity is not to limit itself to clear night sky situations but to explore the potential for celestial navigation under a variety of sky conditions including broad daylight through the consideration of different spectral bands and image processing techniques capable of detecting extremely weak signals in noise. Two key objectives are time for position reckoning (ideally even compared to GPS) and a more accurate position and heading determination. The system is to be as autonomous as possible in operation but able to explain the quality of the result (and hence error levels) obtained.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-1 Automatic detection of passive acoustic contacts 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

Acacia Systems

Ph: +61 8 8345 1801
5 Butler Drive
HENDON SA, 5014
Australia

L3 Harris - Ocean Systems

Ph: +61 8 9888 8888
18 Kingston Heath Mews
Jandakot WA, 6164
Australia

Curtin University

Kent Street
BENTLEY, WA
Australia 6102
Phone: +61 892 66 3950
Fax: +61 892 66 3048
Email: andrew.bell@curtin.edu.au
Web: http://research.curtin.edu.au/

Novel methods to improve the automated detection and tracking of passive acoustic contacts.

This R&D activity seeks to improve and ideally automate the passive acoustic localisation (range and bearing) of contacts from a moving host including low signal to noise ratio scenarios. The goals include identifying novel methods to reduce the time from sensor to ear, increase the sensitivity of detection, and improve the accuracy of localisation. The R&D should consider different levels of background noise, the changing propagation environment, and other effects pertaining to host vessel motion.
FSP-CS-RT-29 Feasibility of small form-factor multi-function ESA for Electronic Support and Comms 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

SOLINNOV PTY LTD

Innovation House
50, Mawson Lakes Boulevard
MAWSON LAKES, SA
Australia 5095
Email: admin@solinnov.com.au
Web: http://www.solinnov.com.au

Curtin University

Kent Street
BENTLEY, WA
Australia 6102
Phone: +61 892 66 3950
Fax: +61 892 66 3048
Email: andrew.bell@curtin.edu.au
Web: http://research.curtin.edu.au/

Investigate the feasibility of small form-factor, multi-function, Electronically Steered Array (ESA) for Electronic Support (ES) and Communications in submarine environment.
Electronically Steered Arrays (ESAs) provide a key enabler for consolidation of RF functionality (Radar, Communications (Comms), Electronic Attack (EA) and Electronic Support (ES)) by sharing antenna apertures. ESAs are becoming more prolific on surface naval vessels in a variety of applications and have been developed for submarine wideband SATCOM applications. However, surface vessel systems tend to have a large size, weight and power - cooling (SWAP-C) footprint when compared to the SWAP-C constrained environment of a submarine.

This R&D activity seeks to explore novel approaches to achieve ESA shared ES/Comms apertures in the SWAP-C constrained environment of a submarine, to extend the application of ESAs beyond wideband SATCOM.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-2 High resolution underwater surveys 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

3D at Depth Pty Ltd

Address: Level 8
256 St Georges Terrace
Perth 6000 WA, Australia
Hours: 9-5 Australian Western Time
Email: APACSALES@3datdepth.com
Phone: +61 8 6336 0222

An investigation into novel methods and technologies for high resolution surveys.

This R&D activity will explore novel methods and technologies relevant to high resolution underwater surveys focussing on improved situational awareness for surfacing submarines and precision navigation in shallow waters. The aim is to provide improvements in: resolution/distortion; operational depth and area of coverage; and storage and processing performance. The host vessel / submarine may be stationary or moving and there is no assumption of on-board versus off-board systems. Techniques to explore could include but are not to be limited to mosaicing, Structure from Motion (SFM), and photogrammetry.
FSP-CS-RT-3 Optical detection and identification of above water objects 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

Acacia Systems

Ph: +61 8 8345 1801
5 Butler Drive
HENDON SA, 5014
Australia

THALES AUSTRALIA LIMITED

7 Murray Rose Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Australia 2127
Phone: +61 02 8037 6000
Email: jacquie.mikhail@thalesgroup.com.au
Web: www.thalesgroup.com

Sentient Vision Systems Pty Ltd

Unit 1
85 Salmon Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Australia 3207
Phone: +61 3 9646 3331
Email: marketing@sentientvision.com
Web: www.sentientvision.com

Novel methods to improve the optical detection, recognition and identification of above water objects using near sea surface sensors.
This R&D activity seeks to identify novel methods and technologies that improve, ideally via the use of automating, aspects of the detection, recognition and identification of above water objects utilising the sensors mounted in a submarine\'s periscope, however, other novel covert methods should also be considered. The objective is to improve performance under challenging sea-air boundary conditions. Proposed methods must be cognisant of detectability, as well as Size, Weight and Power (SWAP). The R&D may consider enhancements to systems and sensors, and incorporation of state of the art technologies in terms of machine vision/cognition.
FSP-CS-RT-65 Novel methods to integrate compressive sensing techniques 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (UNISA)

37-44 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA
Australia 5000
Phone: +61 8 8302 0896
Email: business-partners@unisa.edu.au
Web: http://www.unisabusinessschool.edu.au/

Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem for digital signal processing requires the sampling rate to be at least two times the signal bandwidth to enable perfect reconstruction, however this is limited by the maximum sampling rate of ADC's and leads to large data rates and storage requirements particularly for multiple channel systems. 'Compressed Sensing' or 'Compressive Sensing' contradicts the traditional approaches using novel signal processing techniques which enable acquisition and reconstruction of signals by exploiting signal sparsity using incoherent sampling. This allows signals to be reconstructed from lower sampling rates than Nyquist.

The R&D Topic would investigate novel signal analysis methods to integrate compressive sensing techniques.

R&D deliverable will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-68 Novel methods to monitor track and efficiently manage power within racks 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

The University Of Melbourne
MELBOURNE, VIC
Australia 3000
Phone: (003) 8344 0941

Rack-based computing and other electronic equipment, operating remotely and off-grid, require a high level of availability and rapid response to changing workload demands, with minimal human intervention. The research shall seek to investigate novel methods to monitor, track and efficiently manage power within a Size, Weight, Power & Cooling (SWAP-C) constrained environment leveraging known off-the-shelf power measurement and switching hardware.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-6 Improved communications with and between submarines 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

L3 Harris - Oceania

Ph: +61 8 9888 8888
18 Kingston Heath Mews
Jandakot WA, 6164
Australia

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

The University Of Melbourne
MELBOURNE, VIC
Australia 3000
Phone: (003) 8344 0941

Methods and technologies to improve communications with and between submarines.

The aim of this R&D activity is to identify methods and technologies that improve the performance of external submarine communications, both underwater to other submerged units, and to surface units consistent with the idea of a networked fleet. The dimensions of performance include bandwidth, throughput, range, error, error resilience, and latency. The research may include quantum techniques and explore burst communications. Proposed solutions must also be cognisant of detectability, as well as Size, Weight and Power (SWAP).
FSP-CS-RT-73 Use of advanced materials and fabrication processes to overcome SWAP-C constraints 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

AIRSPEED PTY LTD

Mawson Lakes Technology Park, 2-6 Douglas Drive
MAWSON LAKES, SA
Australia 5095
Phone: +61 8 8262 3111
Fax: +61 8 8262 3133
Email: sbarlow@airspeed.com.au
Web: www.airspeed.com.au

Size, Weight, Power & Cooling (SWAP-C) represents important constraints within a submarine environment. The purpose of this research is to identify and investigate advanced materials and fabrication processes and their applications for the combat system of a submarine that could help overcome SWAP-C constraints. Applications could include, for example: the removal of condensation within cabinets, reduction of space requirements within server rooms, improved heat transfer techniques; improved air flow; and visual recognition of hardware within cabinets without the need to impact air flow.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-79 Investigation into real-time monitoring of human performance 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (UNISA)

37-44 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA
Australia 5000
Phone: +61 8 8302 0896
Email: business-partners@unisa.edu.au
Web: http://www.unisabusinessschool.edu.au/

Submariners are responsible for operating cognitively demanding and complex systems across extended periods. This R&D activity would investigate the ability to non-intrusively monitor fatigue, situation awareness and workload in real-time using quantitative measures to assist with the distribution of tasks among operators and develop methods to define expected trends in workloads associated with tasks to support effective decision-making.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-7 Operational concepts for uninhabited and autonomous systems 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

THALES AUSTRALIA LIMITED

7 Murray Rose Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Australia 2127
Phone: +61 02 8037 6000
Email: jacquie.mikhail@thalesgroup.com.au
Web: www.thalesgroup.com

THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Sturt Road
BEDFORD PARK, SA
Australia 5042
Phone: +61 8 8201 5029
Email: csem.placements@flinders.edu.au
Web: www.flinders.edu.au/seplacements

The identification of novel operational concepts associated with the use of uninhabited and autonomous systems by a submarine.

Uninhabited and Autonomous Systems (UxV) are rapidly emerging technologies with a potential to provide operational benefits for submarines. This R&D activity is to identify novel operational concepts related to the use of UxVs by submarines. The research can consider solutions for both recoverable and disposable systems that vary in size consistent with existing submarine ejection systems, such as torpedo tubes, signal ejectors, and payload bays. The objective is to identify operational scenarios and benefits in the use of UxVs, as well as areas where further research and development may be required. The research may also consider operational methods that support the control of multiple UxV systems through supervisor \'on-the-loop\' technologies.
FSP-CS-RT-80 Smart driven dynamic reallocation of computing resources based on compute demands 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

IPACS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Endeavour House
11-15 Fourth Avenue
Mawson Lakes, SA
Australia 5095
Phone: +61 8 8260 3609
Email: vinay.sriram@ipacs.net.au
Web: www.ipacs.net.au

UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA

CHURCHILL AVENUE
SANDY BAY TAS, TAS
Australia 7005
Phone: +61 03 6226 7226
Email: defence.projects@utas.edu.au
Web: https://www.utas.edu.au/

This R&D Topic would look to explore the ability to automate the reallocation or instantiation of virtualised resources based on predictive algorithms. The research could focus on improving the allocation of computing capacity requirements in advance to better prepare.

R&D deliverables will include a report comprisng a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-8 Submarine and emergency forces video communications 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

L3 Harris - Oceania

Ph: +61 8 9888 8888
18 Kingston Heath Mews
Jandakot WA, 6164
Australia

Improving the performance of video communications for use between a submarine and rescue forces.

This R&D activity is to investigate how to improve the performance (such as bandwidth, range and latency) of video communications between a submarine and rescue forces in the event of an emergency. The R&D should consider a variety of undersea environments, and a variety of emergency scenarios. The R&D will need to explore the art of the possible with the communications link as well as be cognisant of the Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) issues.
FSP-CS-RT-97 Methods for improving cyber resilience of container orchestration environments 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

IPACS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Endeavour House
11-15 Fourth Avenue
Mawson Lakes, SA
Australia 5095
Phone: +61 8 8260 3609
Email: vinay.sriram@ipacs.net.au
Web: www.ipacs.net.au

SAAB AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

21 Third Avenue, Technology Park
MAWSON LAKES, SA
Australia 5095
Phone: +61 8 8343 3800
Fax: +61 8 8343 3778
Email: reception@au.saabgroup.com
Web: www.saab.com.au

Methods for improving the resilience of container orchestration environments to protect against threats both at the network layer and from within malicious or compromised containers. May include a review of existing research and studies into methods for managing trust boundaries within container orchestration environments (both singular and federated). Study would need to include the trade-offs (performance, network throughput, etc) for various solutions based on differing threat models.

Additional work could include attacks designed to manipulate orchestrator behaviour and reduce performance of the overall system. For example: use of resources designed to manipulate allocation of containers to particular nodes, resulting in degradation of system performance.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-9 Improved performance of bathymetric probes 
  

Full scope has been awarded to:

Bluezone Group

21 Huntingdale Drive
THORNTON, NSW
Australia 2322
Phone: +61 2 4964 3500
Fax: +61 2 4964 3555
Email: sales@bzg.com.au
Web: www.bzg.com.au

An investigation into methods and technologies for improving the performance of submarine launched bathymetric probes.

This R&D activity is to investigate how to improve the performance of submarine launched bathymetric probes with respect to their operating speed, accuracy, and operator confidence in their use. Proposed solutions must also be cognisant of detectability, existing submarine ejection systems (e.g. signal ejectors) as well as Space, Weight and Power and Cooling (SWAP-C).
FSP-CS-RT-24 Distributed underwater sensor networks and their impact on submarine operations06 Aug 201902 Sep 2019 
  
Historically underwater sensor network have been wired networks and involve a high cost and significant engineering effort. Advances in technology offer the potential for ad-hoc wireless sensor networks that may be static and include dynamic components when one considers underwater drones such as gliders.

The purpose of this investigation is to explore the state of the art in regards to underwater sensor networks, to consider how this will affect submarine operations and to explore methods and technologies for counter-detection.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan; proposing future research; an the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-59 Instantaneous 360 video - Miniaturisation of optical bench15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
  
This R&D Topic would investigate the feasibility to develop an instantaneous 360 degree video stream to help improve the instantaneous situational awareness for operators. The research will need to focus on improving the range whilst maintaining an appropriate physical signature.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.