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14 September, 2021 - 10:04 By Tony Quested

Saab hands Marshall £4.4m Oz military medical deal

Saab, which is set to deliver Australia’s nextgen deployable health capability, has turned to Marshall Land Systems in Cambridge to ensure technology excellence.

It has signed a deal with Marshall worth more than AUD 8.28 million (£4.4m) to underpin the rollout.

Marshall will deliver three of its award-winning Military CT scanners for use as part of the deployable medical modules being delivered by Saab to the Australian Defence Force under the JP2060 Phase 3 project.

Once operational and deployed, the scanners will enable field medical staff to create detailed diagnostic images of patients – enabling immediate and accurate treatment in the field.

“Safe, effective and reliable medical equipment is critical to Australia’s deployable health capability in ensuring world-class clinical care,” says Andy Keough CSC, Saab Australia Managing Director.

“That’s why we’re delighted to have Marshall Land Systems on board. They are a leading supplier of proven deployable health systems and their CT scanners are currently being used by armed forces across the globe.”

Saab signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defence in 2020 to deliver more than 550 deployable health modules. The AUD 370 million order is to be fulfilled between 2020 and 2024. 

Modules within the program will include features such as surgical theatres, x-ray, CT scanning and ultrasound equipment, and trauma, intensive care and ward units.

Marshall Land Systems managing director Ray Cutting says the scanners being supplied for the project have a proven operational record in the most hostile of environments – literally Cutting edge one might say.

“I am delighted that Saab Australia has decided to partner with us on this critical element of the JP2060 Phase 3 program,” he says.

“Our innovative and award-winning CT scanner system is designed to meet clinicians’ needs for the highest quality diagnostic imagery, even in the most austere environments, and can be operational within four hours of arrival on site.”

He says the benefit of having access to CT imagery in the field cannot be overstated.

“The unit will give military surgeons vital CT imagery on deployed operations to quickly and accurately diagnose trauma for severely injured patients. Potentially, more lives will be saved.”

The CT units are being supplied in the UK by Philips and will be maintained in Australia by the locally based Philips team.

CT scanners combine a series of x-ray images and use computer processing power to create cross sections of targeted body parts. This allows medical staff to view bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body.

Swedish company Saab designs, manufactures and maintains advanced systems in aeronautics, weapons, command and control, sensors and underwater systems.

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