Northrop Grumman AIR6500 - Next-Gen Joint Battle Management System

Contact Details

Ian Hudson
Industry Capability Network
+61 2 9927 3100

  Locations: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Australia
  Project Value: $1B+
  Project Status: Pre-Gate 1

Project Details

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.

In Australia, Northrop Grumman is proud of its established relationship with the Commonwealth of Australia and is committed to enhancing its business and geographic footprint in country. We have a strong customer base in Australia and have been supporting a variety of defence and civil programmes here for more than 20 years.

Northrop Grumman works with Australia’s Defence Force to ensure border and Pacific-region security and mission success. Northrop Grumman Australia – Technology Services provides a range of through life support services to Defence while Northrop Grumman Australian Intelligence & Cyber Solutions, is a Canberra-based provider of cyber security and secure mobile communications.

Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to building Australian defence industry capability through partnerships and collaboration. The company is committed to working with government to develop the highly-skilled workforce required to build a sustainable, sovereign industrial base. Northrop Grumman will continue to assist small- and medium-size enterprises to deliver innovative capabilities and technologies to a global market.

The Project

The Commonwealth of Australia is blazing a path to integrated 5th generation and multi-domain capabilities. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is seeking a 5th generation multi-domain/multi-mission Joint Battle Management System (JBMS) that will provide:

  • Integrated Air Battle Management
  • Integrated Air and Missile Defence Battle Management
  • Electronic Warfare Battle Management
  • US and coalition interoperability, next-generation performance and lifecycle affordability

The JBMS being procured by the Commonwealth under the AIR6500 project will be for both national defence and expeditionary missions. It will enable improved situational awareness, such as the ability to generate and disseminate a common tactical picture, and will enhance coordination of air battle management, joint weapons employment, including maritime and land strike, and ground-based air and missile defence in operational theatres.

Northrop Grumman is seeking expressions of interests (EOI) in specific areas.  In your submission, please respond with as much detail as needed to describe your company’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities, certifications, business size, and other relevant information.

General Information on Project

Find more information about the project click here: Northrop Grumman Australia

How to register an Expression of Interest

  • This is an initial, general EOI submission and Work Packages currently available to submit an EOI for are listed below.
  • Shortlisted SMEs will be invited to tender Work Packages as needed.
  • To submit an initial EOI for the Work Scopes, companies must have an ICN Gateway company profile. Information on how to register  your company on ICN Gateway is detailed below.

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Work Packages

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


Active/Passive Sensing15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Sensor coverage planning and optimizing tools, composite track enhancement using passive radar processing and correlation.
ADF Office Automation Host / Tools and Infrastructure Integration15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Integration of office automation hosts (e.g., secure Windows client), tools (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook) and Integration with ADF Services (e.g., Exchange Services, Directory Services, etc.)
Domain Relevant Automation Tools15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools and engines that aid the warfighter with processing voluminous, time critical information and offering inference information on possible threats (physical, electronic, cyber).
Electronic Warfare Battle Management15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum planning and management, Display of the Electromagnetic Operating Environment (EMOE) in execution, C2 Tools in support of Electronic Surveillance (ES), Electronic Protection (EP) and Electronic Attack (EA).
Live / Virtual / Constructive (LVC) and other Training15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Training facility, training course development and delivery, and LVC exercise planning and support tools, LVC data interchange standards, constructive simulation capabilities, Force on Force Simulations with multi-domain and multi-service optimization, Immersive training capabilities for complex operations and maintenance tasks.
Logistics and Support15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Field Support Representatives (FSR) with recent or current activity, sparing support, theatre level maintenance depot, home station maintenance depot, military equipment maintenance support.
Satellite Communications (SATCOM)15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Resource management, last mile connectivity, communication protocol standards.
System Architecture and Engineering15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) with associated tool sets, architecture framework tools supporting Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF) Domain Meta Model (DMM)
Tactical Shelters and Integration15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Manufacturing capability, environmental and military standards testing, manufacturing capacity, experience with Australian military shelters.
Tactical Video / Audio / Data Comms15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Australian Military Intercom and radio systems.
Vehicle and Support Equipment Integration15 Nov 201905 Jan 2021 
Integration into Australian military vehicles, tactical power generation.