Australia’s Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Land Systems Division will soon be rolling out 21,000 Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE), under the Land 125 Phase IIIB project, to the troops. The SCE includes load bearing equipment, including harnesses, pouches and a range of packs, body armor, combat helmets, combat hearing protection, as well as ballistic / laser eye protection.
The SCE roll-out began May 2015 to the 1st Brigade, with the 3rd Brigade rollout slated for 2016, followed by the 7th Brigade in 2017. The Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Land Systems Division has established three configurations based on primary roll and exposure to threats. The objective is to ensure the right level of protection and mobility driven by job and threat risk.
Col. Mark Jennings, director of Diggerwoks said:
“Since 2011 Project Land 125 Phase IIIB and Diggerworks have spearheaded the adaptive development of the SCE through a combination of soldier feedback, trials, and the review of Report On Defective or Unsatisfactory Materiels (RODUMs). Diggerworks will continue to liaise with the soldiers, units and formations issued the latest SCE to verify its form, fit, and function, and to identify future enhancements.”