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Australia awards AU$370 contract for deployable medical modules

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The Australian government has awarded an AU$370 million contract to Saab Australia for the delivery of deployable life-saving health equipment.

The first five years of the contract will see Saab Australia enhance the ADF’s clinical health care response capability by delivering more than 500 deployable health modules.

The modules will provide functions enabling clinical treatment and care up to hospitalization, and incorporate critical support infrastructure such as shelters, internal power reticulation and waste management.

“The project will deliver the most comprehensive deployable health transformation in the Australian Defense Force’s history, and will align the ADF deployable health capabilities with cutting-edge international military health capabilities,” Australian defense minister Linda Reynolds said.

Photo: Australian Defense Ministry

“Each of the modules will provide a different health function, such as pathology, intensive care, treatment and holding, resuscitation, surgery, primary dental care, imaging, and environmental health.

Saab says it has partnered with Aspen Medical, Philips Healthcare Australia & NZ, Broadspectrum and Marshall Land Systems to deliver the new capability.

“Saab Australia will establish a Deployable Health Capability Support Centre in south-east Queensland, creating 50 new full-time positions throughout its supply chain,” defense industry minister Melissa Price added.

The new Defence Health Capability Support Centre site is under evaluation and will be announced by the end of 2020, the government said.