CANBERRA, Australia – Aug. 6, 2021 – Northrop Grumman Australia (NYSE: NOC) has been shortlisted as one of two potential strategic partners of the Commonwealth of Australia for the design, development and delivery of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Joint Air Battle Management System under the AIR6500 Phase 1 project.

Through AIR6500 Phase 1, the Commonwealth is seeking a strategic partner to steward the architecture of a highly complex Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) while supporting ADF multi-domain operations in an increasingly complex future air and joint battlefield environment.

“Northrop Grumman’s unmatched expertise in developing complex, multi-domain, multi-mission weapons systems will help meet Australia's sovereign Integrated Air and Missile Defence needs both today and into the future,” said Christine Zeitz, general manager, Northrop Grumman Asia Pacific. “Working with twelve leading Australian SMEs, like Nova Systems Australia, AOS Group and Daronmont Technologies as some of our capability partners, we will employ a highly collaborative ‘JABMS Enterprise’ approach, bringing together the best capabilities developed by Australia’s Defence industry.”

Northrop Grumman Australia’s proposed solution for the AIR6500 Phase 1 project offers an enduring and innovative Australian sovereign capability for the delivery, sustainment and ongoing evolution of the nation’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) capability. This solution will contribute towards the delivery of a fifth-generation JABMS capability for the defence of Australia to help protect the ADF and allied forces from a diverse range of air and missile threats in a rapidly changing operational environment.

“Our US team, in partnership with our Australian colleagues, looks forward to providing our advanced architecture that has been deployed successfully across a number of joint all domain command and control programs, including Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS),” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “Our approach provides significant opportunities for enduring and innovative Australian industry participation in the ongoing design, development, integration, delivery and sustainment of the JABMS capability.”

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