Global aeronautics and space company Airbus has partnered with Siemens Healthineers in a teaming arrangement to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a system of medical facilities that can be deployed for both combat and humanitarian missions.
The two companies are jointly bidding for the JP 2060 Phase 3 Deployable Health Capability project and intend to propose the Airbus TransHospital medical care system, which is already in service with defence forces around the world.
The TransHospital comprises a modular and scalable hard shelter and tent-based system that enables the full spectrum of medical care from first-aid stations to a full operational hospital with advanced diagnostic and surgical capabilities.
Tony Fraser, Airbus Group Australia Pacific managing director, said the Deployable Health Capability is a key enabler for a modern and agile defence force that facilitates clinical healthcare delivery of the highest standards to support operational deployments, exercises, 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. 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 Fraser.
"We also appreciate the importance of sustaining the Deployable Health Capability so that it meets the ADF’s long-term needs."
In addition to offering this capability to military personnel, the TransHospital is also effective in international disaster relief missions.
Michael Shaw, Australia and New Zealand managing director at Siemens Healthineers, said, "Disaster relief is about more than a one-off gesture of aid. It is a lasting, long-term approach to recovery. 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.
"We are very excited to be teaming with Airbus to provide innovative technologies and know-how that have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for many."
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.