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Clearbox Systems signs with Raytheon Australia for JP 2008 Phase 5B1


(l-r) Raytheon Australia’s Managing Director, Michael Ward; Raytheon Australia’s General Manager New Programs, John Allcock; Clearbox System’s Chief Operations Officer, Greg Reid; L3-GCS’s VP of Programs and Finance, Division CFO, Cammie Orengo; Clearbox System’s Business Manager, Jeremy Hallett; DMO’s Head of Electronic Systems (acting), Myra Sefton; and DMO’s Director General Communications (acting), Thea Huber.


Clearbox Systems signs with Raytheon Australia for JP 2008 Phase 5B1. The full story below, can be found on Raytheon Australia’s website here.

Raytheon Australia and the Department of Defence have together signed the contract for Project JP2008 Phase 5B1 to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with increased mobile satellite communications.

This provides the ADF with an in-country partner for its current and future satellite communication challenges.

The signing of the contracts will see Raytheon provide certified satellite transportable land terminals in Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) and Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) modes.

Raytheon Australia’s managing director, Michael Ward, said the company is pleased to be given the opportunity to provide this vital capability to the ADF.

“At a time when communications is so vital to the ADF and when Australia is only one of a small select number of allied nations that is able to use the WGS system, it is particularly important to have a trusted partnership as exists between Defence and Raytheon Australia to contribute to this activity,” he said.

“As the Minister said in his statement, satellite communications are a critical enabler of ADF operations, connecting our troops on the ground with command and control, intelligence, geospatial and logistics information – we are delighted to be helping the ADF achieve mission success providing this capability.”

The Raytheon solution for JP 2008 Phase 5B1 provides a mature military off-the-shelf (MOTS), fielded and technically proven system that meets the wideband global satellite (WGS) communication system certification, transportability, and operational requirements.

To achieve this, Raytheon will draw on its demonstrated expertise as a substantial Australian prime systems integrator to work with its technology partners to integrate specially selected components together in a fully networked satellite communication system.

The company is working with L-3 to provide the terminals and Clearbox Systems to provide an Australian-developed centralised monitoring and control system that will allow the managing and control of the satellite assets.

As part of JP2008 Phase 5B1, Raytheon Australia has been awarded the contracts for both the acquisition and the five-year sustainment period.

The contract signing completes another phase of JP 2008, a multi-phase satellite communications project that is one of the key pieces of the network centric communications capability.

The project is centred around the US WGS system, which is a constellation of 10 satellites, designed to provide secure global military communications in the X and Ka bands.

In his media release announcing second pass approval for JP 2008 Phase 5B1, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, said the project would provide a significant increase in Defence’s satellite communications capabilities, including the first large terminals capable of adequately supporting deployed headquarters.

“Australia requires assured access to space services for both national and economic security, and this is yet another important step forward in developing Australia’s defence force capabilities,” Mr Andrews said.


Clearsox: Clearbox Systems in the 2014 Sydney Oxfam Trailwalker

Clearbox Systems COO Greg Reid, along with his team ‘Clearsox’ have been training to complete this year’s Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney. The event consists of a 100km walk through bush and trails, beginning at Brooklyn and ending in Mosman, taking the team an estimated 36 hours.

Team Clearsox!

Team Clearsox!

While the team here at the Clearbox Systems office have been busy eating Oxfam Chocolate blocks to raise money, the real fighters of Clearsox, team members Greg Reid, John Dean, Patrick Crowe and Phillip Gruber, have been training for months in order to complete this incredible effort, all in order to raise money for Oxfam Australia. The Oxfam Trailwalker has grown to be one of the world’s ultimate team events with almost 200,000 people taking part and $140 million raised to support Oxfam’s work.

Oxfam are a not-for-profit organisation who aim to end poverty worldwide. To achieve change, Oxfam Australia:

  • works with local organisations to build their capacity to influence and effect change that improves the lives of poor people and enables them to voice and claim their rights
  • supports women and first nations peoples to claim their rights and hold leadership roles in order to influence and achieve change
  • brokers, mobilises, and participates in networks that influence governments, corporations and institutions to become more accountable and bring about sustainable and systemic change locally, and internationally
  • brings together organisations that represent poor people, with relevant governments, corporations and institutions, so that they can discuss problems safely and with dignity, and work collaboratively to identify ways of redressing the imbalance of power.

If you would like more information about Clearbox Systems’ team, or to help the fantastic cause by donating, please visit:

Remember, every dollar counts towards a better future. We kindly thank you for your support!



PRESS RELEASE: Minister for Defence – New members join unique defence industry program


26 November 2013

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Johnston today congratulated the latest group of Australian organisations to have been selected to join the unique Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation Program (RPDE).

The RPDE, which is a Defence and private sector collaborative venture, was established in 2005 to solve difficult and challenging problems affecting the delivery of capability to the warfighter.

I would like to offer my congratulations to the new members for successfully qualifying for RPDE’s world class Program, Senator Johnston said.

Through engagement with industry, Defence can maximise a wide range of expertise and continue to deliver the right capability for our service men and women. Commitment and cooperation within the Program is paramount he said.

New entrants this year include Optus Networks, UGL Engineering Pty Ltd, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Newcastle.

RPDE already includes an impressive list of Australia’s foremost research and development organisations, and has access to the most innovative solutions from leaders in their field.

A full list of the new and current organisations participating in the Program can be found at

Media contacts:
Minister for Defence Media Adviser, Rebecca Horton: (02) 6277 7800
Defence Media Operations: (02) 6127 1999


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