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Saab’s world-leading deployable health capability strengthens Australian industry

As prime systems integrator, Saab Australia has engaged more than 100 partners and suppliers from across the nation to work on its $384 million deployable health project for the Australian Defence Force (JP2060-3).

Through these partnerships Saab is strengthening Australia’s sovereign defence capability and creating export opportunities.

Together with its partners Philips, Aspen Medical and Global Defence Solutions (GDS), Saab has engaged a diverse range of Australian SMEs to work on JP2060-3, ranging from advanced medical imaging technology providers to electrical and refrigeration trades.

The flagship JP2060-3 deployable field hospital solution will provide Defence with more than 550 health modules to deliver clinical care wherever it is needed, including surgery, advanced medical imaging, trauma and intensive care services, categorised as NATO Role 1 to 3.

Saab is also partnering with Defence to provide ongoing fleet support for the capability, including warehousing, maintenance, training and engineering support.

Saab Australia Managing Director, Andy Keough CSC, said developing local industry capabilities through strategic partnering and supplier engagement was critical to the development of sovereign capability and successful delivery of future defence programs.

“By working together collaboratively we’re not just delivering a world-leading health capability to the Australian Defence Force, we’re strengthening Australia’s defence supply chain,” said Mr Keough.

“Access to strong and experienced local suppliers is critical to the rapid delivery of projects to meet Defence’s evolving capability requirements and creating export opportunities.”

Melbourne based defence cooling specialists, Heuch, have been engaged to supply military-grade refrigerated transport and storage.

“Heuch is proud to be playing our role in delivering this important health capability to Defence and we’re excited about the potential for further work in the defence sector,” said National Business Development Manager Adam Williams.

Across the border in South Australia, technology company Micro-X are involved with JP2060-3 through supplying their versatile and lightweight ‘Rover’ mobile x-ray machines.

“Micro-X Rover mobile x-ray systems are uniquely designed to be used in challenging environments, including theatres of war and humanitarian crises,” said CEO Kingsley Hall.

“As an Australian company, we are proud to be working with Saab to supply our x-ray systems to the Australian Defence Force.”

Saab is pursuing export opportunities for its health capabilities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia through its Melbourne based global Deployable Health Centre of Excellence.