Babcock Australasia has been down-selected for the next stage of the LAND125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS) programme, with a solution that draws on sovereign industrial capability and an extensive network of Australian suppliers.

LAND125 Phase 4 will deliver an ISS integrating all elements and subsystems that are used, worn or carried by soldiers in any operational context or environment for up to 72hrs without resupply. It excludes personal weapons and communications equipment, which are managed by separate, related projects. The ISS will include robotic and autonomous platforms, integrating a wide range of inter-connected technologies including unmanned ground and aerial systems and self-learning machines.

The company’s Managing Director – Defence, Andy Davis, commented that the down-selection reflects the company’s longstanding expertise in technology integration, asset management, and strategic procurement. “In partnership with Defence, Babcock brings extensive, proven expertise in technology integration and asset management to the LAND125 Phase 4 project, delivering an ISS to equip Australian soldiers now and into the future [we have] approached LAND125 Phase 4 in an innovative way that is beneficial for Defence, looking at ‘best of breed’ products and enabling Australian small and medium enterprises to integrate their world-leading product into the ISS for an optimal cost […] Babcock puts the needs of the customer first by integrating end-user focused and OEM-agnostic solutions, partnering with local suppliers to deliver sovereign industry capability.”

Davis explained that a commitment to remaining supplier-agnostic is central to the company’s unique methodology. “Platforms and products are chosen in accordance with rigorous evaluation processes that always put the customer and final user needs first. The result is a robust approach that delivers sovereign capability through local facilities and supply chains that are integrated, reliable and secure.”

To enable the integration of specialist products by different providers, Babcock has introduced a digital development environment as part of its solution. By designing and configuring the solution in virtual reality, Babcock’s approach will ensure development cost savings across the complete ISS design and integration.

Babcock’s proposal for the ISS programme leans heavily on sovereign industrial capability. (Photo: Babcock)

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