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Saab Australia has selected Global Defence Solutions (GDS) of South Nowra, NSW, as the preferred soft shelter supplier for Australia’s Deployable Health Capability (DHC – JP2060 Phase 3) programme, the company announced on 16 December. The companies have also signed an MoU paving the way to further advance complementary capabilities in deployable force infrastructure.

As prime contractor for the A$337 million (€209 million) DHC programme, Saab is delivering an integrated, scalable and modular solution to meet the Australian Defence Force’s current and future deployable health requirements. The capability will provide deployed troops and humanitarian relief missions with world-class clinical care, available for deployment within 24 hours. The capability will leverage the expertise and products of over 70 Australian businesses, further growing the national supply chain and developing sovereign capability.

GDS will join Saab and its capability partners Aspen Medical, Philips Healthcare Australia & NZ, Broadspectrum and Marshall Land Systems to deliver and support deployable military and humanitarian hospitals for use in Australia and overseas.

This strategic partnership is a part of Saab’s ongoing commitment to partnering with leading Australian SMEs to deliver superior outcomes for our nation’s defence,” commented Andy Keough, Saab Australia Managing Director.

This really is at the core of what we do as a business and we are proud to have an opportunity to deliver these truly innovative shelters,” added Laurie Koster, Managing Director, GDS.


GDS shelters will lie at the heart of the Saab-delivered DHC for the ADF. (Photo via Saab Australia)

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