A critical element of Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability is set to be introduced via a contract signed recently between the Commonwealth of Australia and Melbourne-based World Fuel Services – Australia (WFS-A).
Awarded under JP 8190 Phase 1 following a competitive tender, WFS-A will deliver a next-generation deployable bulk fuel distribution system (DBFDS) to the ADF. The DBFDS primary mission is to provide fuel to maritime, land and air platforms that are critical to sustained joint force operations in the region. Importantly, this includes the demands for domestic and regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
As the successful JP 8190 Phase 1 prime contractor, WFS-A will be the design authority and prime systems integrator for the DBFDS. It will also identify, integrate and manage sub-contractors and their products and services and be responsible for the delivery and through-life support of the DBFDS system.
With current conflicts reinforcing the necessity for nations to have the sovereign ability to sustain military operations at home and abroad, the DBFDS contract addresses a long-term ADF capability need and remediates a critical combat support component for the ADF.
The JP 8190 Phase 1 contract also expands the Australian and regional footprint of WFS-A, and adds to the global fuel expertise proven in multiple operational zones. For more than a decade, WFS was the trusted partner for assured military fuel support for US and NATO operations in Afghanistan.
“This contract is an exciting milestone for World Fuel Services – Australia and our ongoing Indo-Pacific investment,” said David Wainwright, WFS-A Senior Director Defence. “We are extremely proud to partner with the ADF with our proven, world-class expeditionary fuel capability and global know-how, and are committed to ongoing roles that enable joint operations internationally through to humanitarian efforts in our region.”
Key Australian industry partners for WFS-A in delivering the JP 8190 Phase 1 capability include Holmwood Highgate, ECLIPS and JVAT, all backed by robust local supply chains.