Babcock Australasia has been down-selected for the next stage of LAND125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS) with a solution that draws on sovereign industry capability and an extensive network of Australian suppliers.
LAND125 Phase 4 will deliver an ISS integrating all elements and subsystems that are used, worn or carried by soldiers in any operational context or environment for up to 72hrs without resupply. It excludes personal weapons and communications equipment which are managed by separate, related projects .
The ISS will include Robotic and Autonomous Platforms integrating a wide range of inter-connected technologies including un-crewed ground and aerial systems and self-learning machines.
Babcock Australasia’s Managing Director – Defence, Andy Davis, said the down-selection reflects the company’s longstanding expertise in technology integration, asset management, and strategic procurement.
“In partnership with Defence, Babcock brings extensive, proven expertise in technology integration and asset management to the LAND125 Phase 4 project, delivering an ISS to equip Australian soldiers now and into the future,” Mr Davis said.
“Babcock has approached LAND125 Phase 4 in an innovative way that is beneficial for Defence, looking at ‘best of breed’ products and enabling Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to integrate their world-leading product into the ISS for an optimal cost.”
“Babcock puts the needs of the customer first by integrating end-user focused and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agnostic solutions, partnering with local suppliers to deliver sovereign industry capability.”
To enable the integration of specialist products by different providers, Babcock has introduced a digital development environment as part of its solution.
By designing and configuring the solution in virtual reality, Babcock’s approach will ensure development cost savings across the complete ISS design and integration.
Mr Davis said a commitment to remaining supplier-agnostic is central to Babcock’s unique methodology as a Defence Prime.
“Platforms and products are chosen in accordance with rigorous evaluation processes that always put the customer and final user needs first. The result is a robust approach that delivers sovereign capability through local facilities and supply chains that are integrated, reliable and secure,” Mr Davis said.
“Babcock invites suppliers to work with us in partnership with Defence, as we bring a new way of working to LAND125 Phase 4 .”
Babcock Australasia’s call for EOIs from Australian industry builds on the company’s long-standing commitment to building AIC.