AIR 6500 Joint Battle Management and Integrated Air and Missile Defence System

Contact Details

  Dusko Bajic
  (04) 1732 3636

  Locations: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Australia
  Project Value: $1B+
  Project Status: Pre Gate 1, Pre Request for Tender
  Project Owner Lockheed Martin Australia

Project Details

About Lockheed Martin Australia

Lockheed Martin Australia is an Australian company that is engaged in research, design, development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.  We employ more than 750 people with a presence in every mainland state and territory. Lockheed Martin Australia's programs and projects support a further 3,000 Australian industry jobs across the country in advanced manufacturing and high technology industries, providing Australia with a sovereign capability edge.


The AIR 6500 Project 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 capability with an opportunity to enter export markets. Lockheed Martin Australia is committed to identifying potential suppliers with the ability to develop, integrate, build, supply and maintain capabilities and elements within Australia. Opportunities for Australian industry will centre on engineering design, integration activities, equipment provision, sustainment and development of niche C4ISR capabilities.

The Project

The Royal Australian Air Forces vision is to transform into a fully networked 5th generation force able to prevail against increasingly complex and lethal threats. Key to this vision is Project AIR 6500, a Joint Battle Management System (JBMS) that will interconnect the many disparate platforms, systems and sensors across the air, land, sea, space, electromagnetic and cyber domains into a collaborative environment that provides shared situational awareness of the battlespace and the ability to rapidly plan responses to threats. This JBMS will coordinate and synchronise ADF operations, including the tracking and engagement of forces with an Area of Operations. The JBMS will be deployable in addition to supporting Australian-based capabilities.  

The ADF's existing air defence systems will be upgraded or replaced by Project AIR 6500. This investment will provide the foundation for an enhanced integrated air and missile defence system for the ADF, ensuring that the delivered system is able to fuse and share information to enhance the accuracy and speed of ADF's systems response to air and missile threats. The delivered architecture will have the flexibility for further enhancement to handle more complex threats and to integrate new technologies as they emerge. The ADF will also acquire ground-based active electronically scanned array radars from around 2020 and expand Australia's access to air and space situational awareness information, including through space-based systems.

Project Status

The AIR 6500 project is currently in the concept stage and requires final development phase leading to Defence Gate 1 and Government Phase 1 consideration in late 2018. A solicitation to industry is expected in 2019. Contract signature for the successful prime systems integrator and system deliverer will be in 2020 with an initial capability fielded by 2024. A second phase of the project is expected to deliver capability in the 2025+ timeframe. The Department of Defence has indicated it will follow the Smart Buyer decision making framework and is now seeking input from major Defence primes on the acquisition and sustainment format. No decisions have been made on the location of workforces or potential suppliers. The delivered system will be a classified and protected system.

General Information on AIR 6500

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How to register an Expression of Interest

  • Work Packages currently available to submit an EOI for are listed below.
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Work Packages

To submit an expression of interest, select the icon next to the work package scope you are interested in.
Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest shown below are subject to change.

Active Sensors23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Integrate with provided Mobile and Fixed Advanced Electronically Scanned Array Radar, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR)
Certification23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Fire Control and Network Certification
Command and Control (C2)23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Air Battle Management, Air Battle Planning, Mission Planning, Tactical Decision Aids
Communications23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
RF/IP Voice, Link 11, Link 16, Advanced Data Links, Antenna, Network WAN, Precision, Navigation & Timing Technologies
Cyber 23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Cyber, Information Assurance, Multi-Level Security, Cross Domain Solutions
Data Integration23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Data Fusion and Data Analytics
Energy23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Clean energy technology
Engineering Services23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Systems Engineering Disciplines, Software Engineering
Operations Analysis / Modeling & Simulation / CONOPs
Performance and Network Modeling
Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Open Systems Architecture
System Installation & Integration, System Test & Evaluation
Environmental23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Standards compliance
Facilities23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Site and vehicle preparation, integration and verification
Infrastructure23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Clouds, Virtualisation, Computing, Sensors, Effectors
Integrated Logistics Support23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Maintenance and support of project capabilities including all assets and systems
Mobile Solutions23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Vehicles for Ops Centres, Comms, Sensors, Effectors
Passive Sensors23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Training/LVC23 Oct 1731 Oct 19 
Training including scenario generation and assessment, tactical workshops planning/construction