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Leidos JP2069 ISR capability achieves FOC milestone

Australian Defence personnel will now have access to a new computer interface that allows for better informed and faster decision-making under Tranche 1 of JP2069 Phase 1. This phase focuses on the delivery of a new architecture that will provide networked access to the growing volumes of data sourced from multiple surveillance sensors available to the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO), and facilitate the related information management (including search, tasking and dissemination) of the sensor outputs.

The interface delivered under Tranche 1 allows analysts to search for and assimilate Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data across multiple databases (including legacy ones), delivering more complete information in a reduced timeframe.

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy said the ISR integration capability had achieved Final Operational Capability (FOC) and was being introduced into service. The new ISR integration capability has been named Wagardi, a Larrakia word meaning dilly bag.

“The Wagardi capability is a step change in the ease with which intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information is able to be accessed and utilised,” Minister Conroy said.

“Achieving this milestone allows Defence to put this capability in the hands of a broad range of personnel who rely on quick and reliable access to the vast amounts of information produced by Australian and allied Defence capabilities.”

Wagardi achieved final operational capability in June and was delivered in partnership with Leidos Australia Pty Ltd. Leidos Australia will continue as the Prime Systems Integrator (PSI) for the next two tranches of JP 2096 Phase 1.

“Leidos is proud to have worked with CIOG to deliver the JP2096 Ph1 Tranche 1 mission system to DIG,” said Paul Chase, CEO of Leidos Australia. “The Tranche 1 mission system was implemented using Leidos’ software factory principles and methodologies, integrating with CIOG processes to deliver a highly secure, performant and scalable solution.”

Tranche 2 of JP2069 Ph.1 will extend the ISR search and discovery functionality to deployed users. Tranche 3 will focus on the integration of data from selected allied, coalition and whole-of-government data stores.

Minister Conroy said the project was an example of how Defence projects provided opportunities for Australian industry to directly contribute to development and integration services, data analytics, ICT support and the provision of supporting infrastructures.

“Having Leidos, together with other Australian providers, deliver the final two tranches of the joint project will ensure approximately $95 million is spent in Australia,” he said.

JP 2096 is broken into two distinct phases. Phase 1 will provide infrastructure and functionality to the Defence Secret Network (DSN) to create a unified dataset that enables users to effectively manage ISR information and intelligence.

Phase 2 will extend the capability provided by Phase 1 including the continued integration of legacy capabilities, the provision of key ISR services, and the application of the architecture to other physical or security domains.

Nova Systems has been selected to provide a systems training solution and verification and validation services. Nova Systems’ communications, information and space business unit will support Leidos Australia in the training analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation phases in accordance with the System Approach to Defence Learning (SADL) to deliver the required Mission System training and Development Centre (Support System) services.

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