LAND 125 Phase 3A
Prime Contractor: Elbit Systems Limited.
2010/2011 spend: $65 million
This phase of the project will deliver 1,501 BMS-dismounted and 164 dismounted command posts to the ADF. This is part of the BGC3 requirement.
The project is delivering a dismounted BMS into a Brigade Group in support of the Network Centric Warfare Milestone 2 – Networked Battle Group 2011. It is delivering this capability in cooperation with project JP 2072 Phase 1, which will deliver the combat radio system and project LAND 75 Phase 3.4, which will deliver a vehicle mounted BMS.
The Government agreed in June 2006 to combine the solicitation of LAND 125 Phase 3A and LAND 75 Phase 3.4 to enable Defence to obtain costs for a fully integrated system for mounted and dismounted battle management. In March 2007, the Government noted that the communications bearer requirements for the mounted BMS, originally to be provided separately by JP 2072 Phase 1, were also to be added to the combined BMS solicitation. A Request for Tender (RFT) was released to industry on 10 May 2007. In accordance with the tender evaluation plan, a refined RFT was released to the preferred tenderer on 17 March 2009. This incorporated a wider scale of provisioning largely due to the incorporation of the Army’s Enhanced Land Force (ELF) requirements. The preferred tenderer responded on 17 April 2009 and the project was approved by the Government in November 2009.
The contract was signed on 15 March 2010 with Elbit Systems Limited. The major activity for 2010-2011 will be the completion of the BMS-dismounted detailed design, including integration onto the soldier, and the start of production to achieve IOC. IOC is scheduled for August 2011 and is based on a combat team in 7 Brigade (in Brisbane), with the FOC to be 7 Brigade in April 2013.