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Delivering a combat edge: Babcock’s bid for LAND 125 Phase 4

As a candidate Industry Partner for LAND 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS), Babcock Australasia’s unique approach places Australian requirements at the core of its offer.

As a candidate Industry Partner for LAND 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS), Babcock Australasia’s unique approach places Australian requirements at the core of its offer.

The ISS program will provide Australian soldiers with an evolutionary system that creates a combat edge through the integration of current and future capabilities. This includes all elements and subsystems that are used, worn or carried by soldiers in a range of operational contexts and environments.

In response to the Commonwealth’s requirements, Babcock brings extensive, proven expertise in technology integration and asset management to LAND 125 Phase 4.

“Our solution will provide the Australian Army with a partnership capable of supporting, adapting and evolving the Australian ISS, with the agility and capacity to react to whatever the future may bring,” said Craig Schwartz, Babcock’s Head of Customer Solutions (Defence & Security). “It allows us to integrate ‘best of breed’ technology without being tied to a single vendor, supplier’s system or corporate vested interest, placing the soldiers’ needs, safety and capability at the forefront.”

Not being tied to a single Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) means that Babcock can create an integrated Australian solution that meets Australian requirements. Its approach maximises Australian industry involvement and preserves a competitive marketplace that drives continuous improvement and value for money for Defence.

“Babcock’s service delivery model is different to that of OEM-based primes, which have their own commercial interests that conflict with the local supply chain,” said Mr Schwartz. “Suppliers want to work with us because we complement what they do, we do not compete against them.”

Integration is connected to warfighting advantage, and Babcock is an expert in complex engineering, systems integration and collaborative practice – key attributes necessary for delivery of the LAND 125 program. 

“Our strategy uses an unconstrained engineering process to design and integrate a solution based on operational requirements, not sales targets or another military’s product evolution. This means that Babcock has the flexibility to be ahead of obsolescence risks as technologies evolve.”

The ISS is an element of the Dismounted Combatant Program, and the Industry Partner for LAND 125 Phase 4 will need to work collaboratively and constructively with Defence and multiple primes. 

“This will ensure the ISS is interoperable with other elements such as communications, transportation and lethality systems,” said Mr Schwartz. “From design through to test and evaluation, to integration and training systems, Babcock is internationally-recognised as the steward of critical systems for critical customers.”

Babcock already operates as a proven, collaborative Prime Vendor in the provision of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE) equipment and common Ground Support Equipment (GSE).

“For LAND3025 (C-CBRNE) equipment, we implemented a ‘first of kind’ Prime Vendor model to deliver high levels of safety and equipment availability,” said Mr Schwartz. “We also partner with the ADF to provide strategic asset management of its GSE fleet across more than 20 operating bases in Australia and overseas.”

Babcock’s delivery model is centred on the enterprise capabilities of a Prime Systems Integrator, combined with the whole-of-life perspective of an Asset Manager. 

“Our solution is designed to avoid the need for compromise,” said Mr Schwartz. “With the freedom to develop the best solution that meets the customer’s needs, Babcock brings confidence and assurance in engineering capability, without the commercial conflict or intellectual property friction between supplier and integrator.”

Across all aspects of engineering lifecycle, Babcock is internationally-recognised as the steward of critical systems for customers in the Defence, Aviation, Emergency Services and Nuclear sectors.

 

 

Delivering a combat edge: Babcock’s bid for LAND 125 Phase 4
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