As a candidate Industry Partner for the Australian Army’s Land 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS), Babcock Australasia’s workforce, comprising highly qualified ex-service personnel and active Defence Reservists, brings valuable insight into Babcock’s bid for Land 125 Phase 4.
The ISS will provide Australian soldiers with an evolutionary system that creates a combat edge through the integration of current and future capabilities, including all elements and subsystems that are used, worn or carried by soldiers in a range of operational contexts and environments.
Babcock Australasia’s Business Development Lead – Land, Mark Nesti, is leading Babcock’s solution for Land 125 Phase 4. His experience draws on a 12-year career with the Australian Army, where he served as an Infantry Soldier.
“I served in the Australian Army during a time when most soldiers needed to heavily modify or create their own webbing and buy packs to suit their role,” Nesti said. “This was an era when equipment was not suitable for the load carriage and tasks being performed, particularly long range patrolling, scouting and reconnaissance.”
Drawing on the expertise and lived experience of its staff, Babcock has an extensive understanding of Defence’s requirements for Land 125 Phase 4. From design to integration of new technologies through to test, evaluation and performance monitoring, Babcock places the soldiers’ needs, safety and capability at the forefront.
“Working on Babcock’s bid for Land 125 Phase 4 enables me to work on next generation frontline soldier equipment, draw upon my experience in reconnaissance, and combine my knowledge in artificial intelligence (AI) edge computing, messaging applications and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) platforms,” Nesti said.
In response to the Commonwealth’s requirements, Babcock brings extensive, proven expertise in technology integration and asset management to Land 125 Phase 4 with a strong focus on enhancing Australian Sovereign Capability.
Babcock Australasia’s Head of Customer Solutions (Defence & Security), Craig Schwartz, said central to Babcock’s unique methodology is ensuring products are chosen in accordance with rigorous evaluation processes that put the customer and final user needs first.
“Our solution will provide the Australian Army with a partnership capable of supporting, adapting and evolving the Australian ISS. It will have the agility and capacity to react to whatever the future may bring, ensuring battle and future readiness.”
Schwartz explained that Babcock’s service delivery model is different from traditional Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-based primes.
“Not being tied to a single OEM means that Babcock can truly create a ‘best of breed’ solution for Land 125 Phase 4; a solution that has the most capacity to maximise the opportunity for Australian industry involvement,” Schwartz said.
Through its comprehensive, integrated supply chain and robust decision making processes, Babcock enables the integration of specialist products by different providers to ensure the ISS will feature the best combination of technology and meet mission-specific requirements.
“Babcock is incorporating an enterprise-level asset management capability in our Land 125 Phase 4 solution, to provide the Australian Army with a unique capability edge, in addition to creating an internationally-competitive sovereign capability,” Schwartz said.
Across all aspects of the engineering lifecycle, Babcock is internationally-recognised as the steward of critical assets and systems for customers in the Defence, Aviation, Emergency Services and Nuclear sectors.