Thales engages Systematiq for ILS review of SEA1905 support system

Thales Underwater Systems, a leading provider of underwater systems and equipment, partnered with Systematiq to evaluate its proposed support system for the Navy’s SEA 1905 Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MCM) program. Launched in April 2019, the MCM program aims to modernise the Navy’s four Huon Class Minehunter Coastal (MHC) ships at a cost of A$1 billion starting in the mid-2020s.

The SEA 1905 proposed support system by Thales was in the concept and planning stage when Systematiq’s Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) consultants began working on it. Thales was seeking a fresh perspective on its proposed solution and the opportunity to explore alternatives.

Gap analysis with remote workshop

Systematiq’s expertise in ILS allowed it to identify key areas for improvement in Thales’s proposed support system. The team prepared a plan on a page and facilitated a workshop with Thales stakeholders to enable a gap analysis of the current concept and consider potential alternative solutions.

The workshop was conducted remotely via Teams due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite this challenge, Systematiq was able to successfully facilitate the workshop and provide valuable insights to Thales.

During the workshop, it was identified that Thales’s proposed solution was at a mature stage, yet it was unclear which of two different Thales groups was best positioned to take the lead on the support system development, as both had significant input into the systems being offered and subsequent support. This was a key factor identified by Thales and an action was taken to address it. In addition, Systematiq offered alternative concepts for discussion and consideration, allowing Thales to explore new ideas and approaches to its proposed support system.

Systematiq’s project lead, Peter Weir, said: “We welcomed the opportunity to engage with the experienced Thales team to review their SEA 1905 Support System to assist in informing the ongoing development. Mine warfare and support are core business for Thales, and we hope we made a difference in their proposal outline.”

Exploring options for improvement

Building on the identified key factors, the Systematiq and Thales teams discussed alternative concepts and explored options for determining the best way forward. Through this process, Thales gained a clearer understanding of necessary refinements and was able to implement strategies to enhance its proposed support system moving forward.

Systematiq’s expertise in ILS was a key factor in the success of this project. By bringing together a team of subject matter experts and utilising their extensive knowledge of logistics support systems, Systematiq was able to provide valuable insights and recommendations to Thales. Its ability to identify opportunities for improvement in the proposed support system and offer alternative concepts allowed Thales to make informed decisions.

Systematiq’s team of highly qualified consultants are experts in Defence ILS requirements, many being former serving members. No matter what stage your project is in, be it initial planning or the late stages of delivery, our ILS consultants are motivated to add value and keep your projects moving forward.

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