LAND 125 Soldier Combat System: Phase 3A Dismounted Battle Group and Below Command, Control Communication System
Land 125 is a multi-phase combat ensemble project aimed at delivering successive enhancements to the Soldier Combat System and is responsible for the acquisition of capabilities for the dismounted close combat force. Capabilities are integrated through a spiral development plan which allows for incremental acquisition.
It will provide enhancements to the NATO defined and inter-related soldier sub-systems of Lethality, Survivability, Sustainment and Mobility, and Command, Control Communications, Computer and Information.
The combination of individual combatants, their units and the interfaces with the internal and external battle environment is termed the Soldier Combat System.
Land 125 Phases
The project has matured to a level where it has been split over a number of System Program Offices and Divisions within the Defence Materiel Organisation, depending on the phase of the project.
Phase 3 received Government First Pass approval in May 2005. For ease of management, Defence sub-divided Phase 3 into three distinct sub-phases:
- Phase 3A - Dismounted Battle Group and Below Command, Control Communication System (Electronic Systems Division)
- Phase 3B - Survivability (Soldier Modernisation Systems Program Office, Land Systems Division)
- Phase 3C - Lethality (Armaments Systems Program Office, Land Systems Division); and
Phase 4 - Soldier System Integration (Integrated Soldier Systems Development Directorate, Land Systems Division).
Phase 3A - Dismounted Battle Group and Below Command, Control Communication System
Prime Contractor: Elbit Systems Limited.
LAND 125 Phase 3A is tightly coupled and aligned with LAND 75 Phase 3.4 and JP 2072 Phase 1 and will deliver the dismounted components for the Battlegroup level BMS across a Brigade Group in support of the Network Centric Warfare Roadmap Milestones.
This capability is designed to be carried upon the Dismounted Commander, with their supporting team at the higher operational levels. The capability will provide unparalleled situational awareness, common battle picture, improved data and voice communications and improved planning in the operational, combat and individual domains through the delivery of enhanced information superiority. Information superiority will support faster decision cycles, reduced risk of fratricide and enhanced operational tempo from contact to completion.
A contract for the Battlegroup and Below Command, Control and Communications System (BGC3) was signed with Elbit Systems Limited on 15 March 2010 following a world wide competitive tender. IOC based on an infantry company in 7 Brigade in Brisbane, was approved April 2012. FOC is not before Dec 2013.