Saab and Philips have confirmed that the companies are collaborating on the JP 2060 Phase 3 program, the development of deployable health capabilities for the Australian Defence Force.
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Saab Australia, the Australian arm of global defence technology company Saab, has confirmed that they are partnering with Philips Australia under the commonwealth’s Joint Program 2060 Phase 3 project, the development of deployable health capabilities (DHC) for the Australian Defence Force.
The multi-year contract between the two companies is one of four key strategic partnerships entered into by Saab for the development of the DHC.
Under the agreement, Saab selected Philips to operate as the project’s lead provider and integrator of healthcare solutions and medical technical equipment. The initial supporting contract is valued at $2 million. However, Saab expects that the contract will grow to over $50 million over the next 18 month, as Saab meets Defence milestones for the project.
The partnership hopes to provide the DHC with the most technologically advanced healthcare solutions and point of care diagnostics, allowing deployed defence doctors and surgeons to make informed diagnostic decisions in the deployable facility, and provide top health care to deployed defence members.
“Our partnership with Philips is vital in supporting the delivery of world-class and sophisticated healthcare solutions into this new, landmark capability that will support Australian Defence Force military and humanitarian operations,” Andy Keough, managing director of Saab Australia said.
“Saab’s delivery of Australia’s deployable health capability program will provide new, life-saving capability to the Australian Defence Force that enables safe, effective and immediate treatment in the field for Australian troops.”
Matt Moran, managing director of Philips Australia and New Zealand reiterated what Keough said, illustrating that both partners bought very specific capabilities to the partnership.
“We’ve brought together a suite of solutions that meet the special requirements of the Australian deployable health capability program, maximising the possibilities of healthcare delivery from anywhere and anytime,” Moran said.
“Our innovative and technologically advanced solutions will facilitate access to care in the most critical emergency situations, benefiting the Australian Defence Forces and civilians alike.”
The announcement of the partnership came as Saab began construction of their new facilities to oversee the company’s DHC program, based in South East Queensland as well as the company’s recent decision to move its Global Centre of Excellence from Europe to Australia.