Australia’s Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy has announced that a new computer data interface is being introduced into service to keep defence personnel well informed.  

The new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) integration capability, which is named Wagardi after the Larrakia word for dilly bag, provides users with access to a wide range of ISR data.

The interface enables the collection of ISR information across databases as well as the delivery of accurate data in a short time span.

Conroy said that the new capability is being introduced into service following the completion of its final operational capability in June.

The interface was developed under the first tranche of Joint Project 2096 Phase I.

Leidos Australia was the prime system integrator for the interface. The company will also work on delivering tranches two and three of the project. 

A multi-phased programme, the Australian Department of Defence’s (DoD) Joint Project 2096 aims to support military and intelligence force elements in their operations.

Conroy said: “This landmark integration capability will benefit a broad range of defence personnel by making it easier to access, discover and collaborate on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.”

In 2019, the DoD selected Leidos Australia as the prime system integrator for the project and set aside $500m for the first part of the project’s Phase I.

Following the completion of tranche one, the next two tranches will focus on extending the search and discovery functionality to deployed users, as well as integrating data from allied, coalition and government data stores.

Conroy added: “Having Leidos, together with other Australian providers, deliver the final two tranches of the joint project will ensure approximately A$95m ($65.08m) is spent in Australia.”