SAAB Australia is to relocate its global Deployable Health System Design and Development Centre from Europe to Australia following the win of a $370 million defence contract to deliver cutting-edge deployable 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 a different health function, such as pathology, intensive care, treatment and holding, resuscitation, surgery, primary dental care, imaging, and environmental health.
Around $240 million of the contract value to be spent in Australia.
Minister for defence Linda Reynolds said the new health modules would align with cutting-edge international military health capabilities.
She said: “The performance-based support contract with Saab Australia will increase efficiency, reduce overheads, and most importantly, provide the ADF with flexibility to refresh health technology to meet evolving operational requirements, including domestic and regional humanitarian deployments.”
As part of the contract Saab Australia will establish a Deployable Health Capability Support Centre in south-east Queensland, creating 50 new full-time positions.
The site of the centre has not yet been selected.
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