Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA) has been shortlisted for Land125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS). The fourth phase of the Commonwealth program to modernise the ADF’s Soldier Combat System (SCS), is seeking an industry partner for the supply and support of an ISS capability that would enable continuous growth of the current and future SCS.
Elbit Systems of Australia Managing Director, Major General (ret’d) Paul McLachlan said the shortlisting demonstrated the company’s commitment to continue to work with defence on the provision of capability that would increase the effectiveness of Australian soldiers. “I am very pleased to announce our progress to the limited RFT stage for Land 125 Phase 4 for the ISS, which is indicative of our continued commitment to produce world-leading soldier systems from global technology using an upskilled sovereign workforce here in Australia,” McLachlan said. “Recently, at the biggest trade show on the defence calendar, Land Forces 21, we showcased our next-generation technologies, which saw hundreds of visitors to our stand experience live on-the-spot demonstrations of our world-leading technology and innovative products. Those leading-edge technologies increase effectiveness via situational awareness, mobility, lethality, survivability and sustainability to ensure mission success for the Australian Defence Force, while protecting the lives of ADF personnel.”
ELSA has the ability to deliver the project using an agile design and development approach aimed at supporting incremental evolution of the Soldier Combat System for the duration of the tranche, which would include in-house research and development, McLachlan said. “Not only do we have ability to access, adapt and apply global technology right here in Australia, we opened our new Centre of Excellence in Melbourne earlier this year, which will conduct research and development with academic and industry partners to develop highly-advanced autonomous solutions to build home-grown capabilities to complement our existing suite of soldier solutions,” McLachlan said. “The research, which focuses on collaboration between people and autonomous systems, will produce applications that can not only be used across defence, but could also benefit homeland security and emergency services. ELSA has a 250-strong workforce across three locations in Australia that includes more than 100 software and systems engineers.”