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$223 Million Contract with Northrop Grumman

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Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, this week announced a $223 million contract with Northrop Grumman Australia for the acquisition, construction and support of a new satellite ground station.

Minister Pyne said the satellite ground station will be built at Kapooka in New South Wales along with an integrated network management system.

“Subject to Parliamentary Works Committee approval, Australian company Hansen and Yuncken will start construction later this year” Minister Pyne said.

“Once constructed, the facility will also be serviced by a small number of maintenance personnel and operated remotely.”

Minister Pyne said JP2008 Phase 5B2 is part of the government 2016 Defence White Paper.

“The satellite ground station will enable deployed forces across the Pacific and Indian Ocean Region to connect to Defence’s strategic information networks back in Australia,” he said.

Minister Payne said the technology will assist with a range of operations in our region including border protection humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

“The Kapooka ground station will operate in conjunction with a satellite ground station in Western Australia to provide Defence with the level of wideband satellite communications, capacity and survivability needed in the future.”

“The system will enable reduced operational response times for establishing and restoring satellite communications services, significantly helping deployed forces,” Minister Payne said.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

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