Local suppliers have been invited to showcase their offerings at a roadshow hosted by LAND 125 Phase 4 contender Babcock Australasia.
Babcock Australasia (Babcock) has announced it will host virtual engagement events on Tuesday, 8 February and Thursday, 10 February, providing industry stakeholders with an opportunity to demonstrate capabilities which could support the Australian Army’s LAND 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS) program.
The sessions are expected to inform participants about the ways in which they could contribute to Babcock’s bid for the project, while also enabling potential industry partners to submit feedback to Babcock.
Babcock’s head of customer solutions (defence & security), Craig Schwartz, encouraged suppliers of current and future soldier systems technologies and solutions to register for the roadshows.
“As a candidate industry partner, Babcock’s approach to LAND 125 Phase 4 places Australian industry participation at the core of its offer,” Schwartz said.
“Our industry engagement roadshows will communicate our vision, plans and timeline to deliver an ISS that provides Australian soldiers with a tactical advantage today and into the future.
“We want to engage with future suppliers and solution providers to further our understanding of their offerings and ensure the Australian warfighter remains capable and effective in the face of changing operational requirements and emerging threats.”
Upon the conclusion of the roadshow, Babcock will release a questionnaire, aimed at providing participants with an opportunity to communicate an engagement plan for LAND 125 Phase 4.
The company is banking its bid on its "vendor agnostic" approach.
“Babcock’s model enables freedom and flexibility as we’re not tied to a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM),” Schwartz added.
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“This allows us to solely focus on customer requirements, free from any bias or risk of binding the Commonwealth to pre-determined capability solutions.”
The ISS to be developed under the LAND 125 Phase 4 project is expected to embed all elements and subsystems used, worn or carried by soldiers in any operational context or environment for up to 72 hours without resupply.
LAND 125 Phase 4 aims to maintain a modern, well-equipped, dismounted combat capability with an advantage over current and emerging threats.
Through the project, the government seeks to further its commitment to advancing Australian Industry Capability (AIC) by supporting local SMEs via a strategic industry partner, reinforcing implementation of its Sovereign Industry Capability Policy.
Babcock Australasia is competing against Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA) and Team SABRE – a co-operative made up of Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia, Nova Systems, and BAE Systems Australia.