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Team SABRE formed to respond to Land 125 Phase 4

Australian soldiers in Iraq. Project Land 125 Ph.4 will aim to enhance their personal equipment and connectivity. Photo: Defence

SAFRAN, Nova Systems and BAE Systems Australia have teamed to bid for the Australian Department of Defence’s Land 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS) project. The three firms have formed create Team SABRE (Soldier Augmentations and Battlefield Robotic Enablers) to develop and deliver ISS solutions into the future.

“Team SABRE have collaborated to deliver an optimal sovereign ISS solution, which will benefit from global lessons learned and Australian industry involvement, ensuring the current and future needs of the soldier are at the centre of the Australian Army’s modernisation program,” they said in a joint statement

“SAFRAN has decades of experience in delivering soldier modernisation projects of similar complexity around the world, including the French Army’s FELIN and CENTURION programs,” Alexis de Pelleport, SAFRAN Pacific Chief Executive Officer, said. “The SABRE solution will provide the Australian dismounted soldier with a capability and decision- making edge over any adversary, now and into the future.”

Team SABRE says its response to Land 125 Phase 4 aims to enhance the ability to respond with new technology to rapidly changing threat environments, while reducing the burden placed on modern soldiers.

“There is no off-the-shelf or turn-key solution to this challenging and complex project,” Steve Robinson, Nova Systems Chief Executive, said. “Nova Systems brings our considerable experience and know-how in delivering complex land programs in Defence, and our credentials as a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated company to the team.

“Importantly, the sovereign capabilities Nova Systems is growing through Team SABRE will remain in country and will support future ADF capability realisation across all domains.”

“We specialise in the design, development and delivery of autonomous solutions across the air, land and sea domains,” Brad Yelland, BAE Systems Australia Chief Technology Officer, said. “As the land autonomy lead for the TAS-DCRC and in partnership with Australian Army on the M113 OCCV program, our skilled engineers and specialists will deliver next-generation sovereign autonomy technology to Team SABRE.

“Our diverse range of autonomous technologies also include highly advanced navigation, mapping, vision and safety systems.”

Team SABRE says it will offer ICN opportunities and collaborate with Australian SMEs, industry, research organisations, Diggerworks and others.

The Land 125 Phase 4 project will deliver 14 varying capability elements in three tranches, the first stretching from 2019-20 to 2022-23; the second from 2023-24 to 2026-27; and the third from 2027-28 to 2031-32.

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