The Australian Army’s Joint Counter Improvised Explosive Device (JCIED) Capability helps protect Australian and Coalition forces from the effects of Improved Explosive Devices (IED). In 2017, Shoal worked to help define the initial scope for the capability and release to industry as part of an RFI. This subsequent project required the Test and Evaluation of Master Plans for Force Protection and Electronic Counter Measures and an in-depth exploration of the needs and solution concepts for Neutralisation and Route Clearance capability segments within the broader capability.
Shoal proposed a team-based approach to deliver expertise specific to the needs of the project. This enabled relevant experts to be drawn upon, as and when project needs emerged. Those with previous experience on this Capability, and LAND 154, provided continuity and an already developed understanding, enabling efficiencies. Others, with a background in complex capability design, requirements analysis, the new Capability Life Cycle, and skilled in stakeholder engagement all formed part of the Project team.
The Shoal team worked as an integral part of the overall LAND 154 Phase 4 AHQ team to further develop and mature the Capability Design Documentation (CDD). As, by its very nature, JCIED is an area where the environment, threats and solutions change, an understanding of the needs of Defence and related technologies was important to revisit continually.
Throughout the project, the team developed a set of draft artefacts including:
- A Test and Evaluation Master Plan for Dismounted and Mounted Force Protection
- Electronic Counter Measures, taking it through various test and evaluation workshops for endorsement and approval
- An Operational Concept Document for the IED Neutralisation and Exploitation, and Route Clearance capability segments
- Function and Performance Specifications for the IED Neutralisation capability segment
- A Security Classification and Categorisation Guide.
These documents were used to form part of the Gate 1 submission for eventual government approval. Army were pleased that Shoal stepped into the team to seamlessly deliver, integrating with both the JCIED team members and external stakeholder, on behalf of AHQ.