Saab has signed a contract with the Department of Defence to deliver deployable health modules for the Australian Government’s Deployable Health Capability Program, Joint Project 2060.
The order value is $337 million for the years 2020-2027, including 5 years of support. The modules will provide functions enabling clinical treatment and care up to hospitalisation, and incorporate critical support infrastructure such as shelters, internal power reticulation and waste management.
Saab has partnered with Aspen Medical, Philips Healthcare Australia & NZ, Broadspectrum and Marshall Land Systems to deliver more than 550 deployable medical modules.
“Saab is a strategic and long-term partner for Australian Defence and as a result of this contract, we will relocate our global deployable health centre of excellence from Sweden to Australia,” Andy Keough, Managing Director at Saab Australia, said.
Saab delivers health modules which includes a surgical theatre, mobile computed tomography (CT) scanner, x-ray and ultrasound equipment along with trauma, intensive care and ward units and can be ready for national or international deployment within 24 hours.
“The project will deliver the most comprehensive deployable health transformation in the ADF’s history, and will align the ADF deployable health capabilities with cutting-edge international military health capabilities,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.
“Each of the modules will provide a different health function, such as pathology, intensive care, treatment and holding, resuscitation, surgery, primary dental care, imaging, and environmental health.
“The performance-based support contract with Saab Australia will increase efficiency, reduce overheads, and most importantly, provide the ADF with flexibility to refresh health technology to meet evolving operational requirements, including domestic and regional humanitarian deployments.”
The program will ultimately see a purpose-built warehouse located in South East Queensland to meet the storage, training and maintenance requirements.