Comprising a modular and scalable hard shelter and tent-based system, TransHospital enables the full spectrum of medical care from first-aid stations to a full operational hospital with advanced diagnostic and surgical capabilities. Credit: Airbus D&S

Siemens and Airbus throw hat in for deployable health

Airbus and global healthcare company Siemens Healthineers have announced a teaming arrangement for JP2060 Ph3 (Deployable Health Capability) offering a system of medical facilities which can be readily deployed for both combat and humanitarian missions.

Airbus and Siemens Healthineers intend to propose the Airbus TransHospital medical care system, which is in service with defence forces around the world.

A modular system that can clip convenient ISO Standard 20x8x8 container modules together in order to assemble field medical facilities of any size, the TransHospital ISO containers can be combined in accordance with the operational requirements versatile military and desaster relief missions. These containers are provided for functions such as diagnotics, laboratory, surgical unit, ambulance station, dentist, intensive care.

Airbus D&S/Siemens Healthineers TransHospital unit on display at the recent Avalon Airshow. Credit: AirbusD&SAirbus D&S/Siemens Healthineers TransHospital unit on display at the recent Avalon Airshow. Credit: AirbusD&S  

Tony Fraser, Airbus Group Australia Pacific Managing Director, said the Deployable Health Capability is a key enabler for a modern and agile defence force. It facilitates clinical health care delivery of the highest standards to support operational deployments, exercises, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

“Experience has demonstrated how important it is to have the right medical facilities to ensure that the men and women of the ADF are provided with the best practice military health care available,” Fraser said.

“This critical medical capability carries the exacting standards expected of the aerospace sector. The combined Airbus and Siemens Healthineers expertise will deliver the benchmark for deployable healthcare,” said Mr Fraser.

“We also appreciate the importance of sustaining the Deployable Health Capability so that it meets the ADF’s long-term needs.”

Under the proposal, a responsive and resilient support system will be backed by Australian industry to enable the ADF to count on this important capability whenever and wherever it is needed. In addition to military service in places like Afghanistan, Kosovo, Djibouti and Mali, the Airbus TransHospital has proven its effectiveness and reliability in international disaster relief missions.

“Disaster relief is about more than a one-off gesture of aid; it is a lasting, long-term approach to recovery,” MD ANZ Siemens Healthineers Michael Shaw said.

“Drawing on our key competencies in providing a unique portfolio of healthcare innovations as well as scientific research, we strive to give as many people as possible access to high-quality medical technologies and support affected communities in their challenges to maintain or regain functionality.”

The modular TransHospital system is designed to international standards and meets the most stringent hygiene regulations. It is built for, qualified against, and proven in mission profiles for both military and civil disaster relief operations.

A team comprised of Aspen Medical, Saab, Phillips and Marshall will also bid for the project. Other potential contenders are Mobilis and a team including Lockheed Martin and GHD.  

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