Saab Australia has moved a step closer to delivery of Australia’s deployable health capability with the signing of an A$8.28 million contract with key technology supplier and capability partner, Marshall.
Under the contract, applied-engineering firm Marshall will deliver three of its Marshall Military CT scanners for use as part of the deployable medical modules being delivered by Saab to the ADF under the JP2060 Phase 3 project.
Once operational and deployed, the scanners will enable field medical staff to create detailed diagnostic images of patients – enabling immediate and accurate treatment in the field.
“Safe, effective and reliable medical equipment is critical to Australia’s deployable health capability in ensuring world-class clinical care,” Andy Keough, Saab Australia Managing Director said. “That’s why we’re delighted to have Marshall Land Systems on board. They are a leading supplier of proven deployable health systems and their CT scanners are currently being used by armed forces across the globe.”
Saab signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defence in 2020 to deliver more than 550 deployable health modules. The A$370 million order is to be fulfilled between 2020 and 2024. Modules within the program will include features such as surgical theatres, x-ray, CT scanning and ultrasound equipment, and trauma, intensive care and ward units.
Marshall Land Systems Managing Director Ray Cutting says the scanners being supplied for the project have a proven operational record in the most hostile of environments.
“I am delighted that Saab Australia has decided to partner with us on this critical element of the JP2060 Phase 3 program,” Cutting said. “Our innovative and award-winning CT scanner system is designed to meet clinicians’ needs for the highest quality diagnostic imagery, even in the most austere environments, and can be operational within four hours of arrival on site.”
Cutting says the benefit of having access to CT imagery in the field cannot be overstated.
“The unit will give military surgeons vital CT imagery on deployed operations to quickly and accurately diagnose trauma for severely injured patients. Potentially, more lives will be saved.”
The CT units are being supplied in the United Kingdom by Philips and will be maintained in Australia by the locally based Philips team.
CT scanners combine a series of x-ray images and use computer processing power to create cross sections of targeted body parts. This allows medical staff to view bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body.