Jacobs contracted to support Australian military combat bridge project


Jacobs Engineering Group has secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to procure and sustain off-the-shelf military combat bridges.

Awarded by Land Systems Division within DoD's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), the $10.7m contract is to provide support for the Australian military's Project Land 155.

The company will provide project management, budgeting, logistic support analysis and management to support the project for a three-year period.

The combat bridges will enable land forces to cross a range of wet and dry gaps during combat operations.

"The documented savings we have helped achieve in the US is indicative of the kind of savings we expect the model to deliver for CASG."

Jacobs Senior Aerospace and Technology vice-president Darren Kraabel said: "We have seen first-hand the benefits of this approach through our extensive experience in implementing similar managing contractor models for the US DoD to help procure and sustain everything from aircraft and air operations centres to individual soldier protective equipment.

"We recognise a key factor in the successful delivery of Project Land 155 is to continually seek ways to reduce costs throughout the project delivery lifecycle.

"The documented savings we have helped achieve in the US using similar procurement models is indicative of the kind of savings we expect the model to deliver for CASG."

Earlier this month, the company secured a $436m contract from the US DoD to provide test support services for its Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Jacobs had already been contracted twice by the US DoD to support the ATC through two predecessor contracts and one bridge contract.