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1. From Lab to Deployment –
A Maritime Multi-Satellite Communications Terminal – WINNER Starting life as a Capability Technol- ogy Demonstrator Program, the cut- ting edge technology moved from a Technology Readiness Level of 6 to 9 in less than 7 months and is now deployed on the Cape class ships. Using an agile project management approach, where both parties took on significant risk, the team over- came technology, engineering and design challenges to deliver a world class capability.
2. Tactical Communication Network
Communication Test System
Due to international IP restrictions,
this Commonwealth and industry
team managed to come up with a
local and innovative solution to a test and evaluation challenge under JP 2072. The rugged solution has been deployed in numerous challenging environments and is on track to save the Commonwealth almost $195 million over a decade. By turning a 72 kilo test kit into an 18 kilo solution, the system is an amazing example of industry-led innovation at work.
The EM Solutions/Navy/CASG team took out their categry and the SME Essington Lewis Trophy this year.
1. Transformation of Classic Hornet Sustainment Support – WINNER Given the move to a fifth genera- tion air force, Boeing and the Tacti- cal Fighter SPO realised that some- thing needed to change in how they supported the legacy platform, the Classic Hornet. The complete con- tractual and outsourcing overhaul was done in 18 months while the platform was being deployed in the Middle East, and the SPO halved in size during that period with the new right sized SPO and Boeing deliver- ing the capability in a trusted, col- laborative environment.
2. Tactical Air Defence Radar System
Block 3 Upgrade (TADRS B3U)
This program saw Lockheed Mar-
tin Australia working with its parent
company to leverage local SMEs wherever possible in the upgrade of the ITARs controlled MOTS technology. With an emphasis on integrated teamwork in regard to risk management and scheduling, LMA, its sup- ply chain, the Commonwealth and the RAAF drove an aggressive sched- ule that delivered an upgraded capability on time and on budget.
The winner in this category saw the contracting framework completely reorked to deliver the capability.
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