Saab Australia has signed an agreement with Marshall for the delivery of scanners as part of the Australian Defence Force's JP 2060 Phase 3 program for deployable health capabilities.
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As part of the agreement, engineering firm Marshall has agreed to deliver three Military CT scanners for use within the deployable medical modules developed for JP 2060 Phase 3.
In 2020, Saab Australia and the Department of Defence entered into an agreement for the delivery of 550 deployable health modules for use in the Australian Defence Force. The contract, which has been valued at $370 million, is expected to be executed between 2020 and 2024, and with the modules hosting surgical theatres, X-ray capabilities, CT scanning and intensive care units.
It is expected that Marshall's scanners will better enable medical staff to undertake diagnostics of the patients, thus providing personnel with improved healthcare capabilities.
“Safe, effective and reliable medical equipment is critical to Australia’s deployable health capability in ensuring world-class clinical care,” Andy Keough CSC, 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.”
Ray Cutting, managing director of Marshall Land Systems, outlined that the company’s CT scanners have a proven track record in challenging environments.
“I am delighted that Saab Australia has decided to partner with us on this critical element of the JP 2060 Phase 3 program,” he 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.
“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.”
According to a release from Saab, the CT units have been supplied by Philips, and will be maintained by Philips Australian business unit.
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