Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today it received a contract from the Land Systems Division within the Australian Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) to serve as managing contractor for Project LAND 155, a project that aims to procure and sustain military off-the-shelf combat bridges. The bridges provide land forces with the ability to cross a range of wet and dry gaps during combat operations.
The contract reflects a new procurement model being piloted for the first time by the Australian government. As managing contractor, Jacobs is responsible for project management, budgeting, logistic support analysis and management, engineering and contract management.
The contract is valued at approximately $10.7 million (AU$15 million) over three years.
In making the announcement, Jacobs Senior Vice President Aerospace and Technology Darren Kraabel stated, “Jacobs is proud to pilot this new procurement model for the Australian Department of Defence, a model we strongly encouraged the agency to consider. We have seen first-hand the benefits of this approach through our extensive experience in implementing similar managing contractor models for the U.S. Department of Defense to help procure and sustain everything from aircraft and air operations centers to individual soldier protective equipment.
“We recognize 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 U.S. using similar procurement models is indicative of the kind of savings we expect the model to deliver for CASG.”
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