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has jumped from $2,940m to $15,181m, partially
compensated from by the completion of AIR 5077
Phase 3 which drops the Airborne Early Warning &
Control Aircraft project from $3,873m to $108m in
the latest Budget.
The Budget Estimate for 2014-15 for Top 30
annual expenditure was $4,919m, but this has risen
by 19% to $5,873m for 2015-16. Some of this rise
is due to Poseidon P-8A production ramping up,
the purchase of two new C-17A Globemaster III
strategic airlifters, the Joint Strike Fighter program
as it moves forward, and Bridging Air Combat
Capability as the Growler program ramps up with all
twelve aircraft on the production line.
In the Top 30 projects listed below, the figures
in brackets after the project name represent in
order Approved Project Expenditure, Estimated
Cumulative Expenditure to 30 June 2015, and then
the Budget Estimate for 2015-16.
Hence Bridging Air Combat Capability (BACC)
– A I R 5349 Phase 3 (3569/1189/890) means this
phase of the project has total approval for $3,569m,
expects to have spent $1,189m by 30th June of this
year, with a budgeted estimate for the next financial
year of $890m.
THE TOP 30 ACQUISITION
PROJECTS BY 2015-16 FORECAST
EXPENDITURE (GROSS PLAN)
BRIDGING AIR COMBAT CAPABILITY (BACC)
AIR 5349 PHASE 3
Prime Contractor: US Navy (USN), through a
number of FMS cases (USN prime contractors the
Hornet Industry Team consisting of Boeing, Northrop
Grumman, Raytheon and General Electric).
This project will deliver an Airborne Electronic
Attack Capability based on the EA-18G
Growler platform, including the ALQ-99
Tactical Jamming System, anti-radiation captive
training missiles, additional air-to-air missiles,
simulators and other training devices. Aircrew and
maintenance training will also be delivered.
During 2015-16, all 12 aircraft will complete
production, with the first two aircraft rolling off the
Boeing St Louis, US production line in August 2015.
Aircraft flight test will also be completed this year,
culminating in delivery of the aircraft and mission
planning software. The ALQ-99 and training missile
production will continue through the financial year.
MARITIME PATROL AND RESPONSE
AIRCRAFT SYSTEM – AIR 7000 PHASE 2
Prime Contractor: US Navy (USN), under a
cooperative program (USN prime contractor Boeing).
The project is delivering eight P-8A Increment 2
Poseidon aircraft and the associated through-
life support infrastructure as partial replacement
of the AP-3C Orion.
During 2015-16, the production of the first four
Air Force P-8A aircraft, the flight and mission crew
training systems, and the mission support system, will
begin. Aircrew and Mission Support System operator
training will begin in the second quarter of 2016.
Initial P-8A aircraft spares will also begin to arrive in
Australia. The USN will also be authorised to sign
contracts for the Maintenance Training Device Suite.
The key risk for this project is the timely production
of the aircrew training devices and the integration
of Australian engineering and logistics information
systems with the equivalent USN systems.
ADDITIONAL C-17A – AIR 8000 PHASE 4
Prime Contractor: Boeing, through a FMS case
with the US Air Force.
This project provides an additional four C-17
Globemaster III aircraft to complement the
four aircraft acquired under Project AIR
8000 Phase 3, and related provisions, including
an enhanced US-common electronic warfare self-
The fifth and sixth C-17 aircraft are now in service
with the Air Force and the seventh and eighth aircraft
are on schedule for delivery in 2015.
Final Operational Capability is expected in
December 2017, upon installation of the enhanced
US-common electronic warfare self-protection
BATTLEFIELD AIRLIFT CARIBOU
REPLACEMENT– AIR 8000 PHASE 2
Prime Contractor: US Air Force (USAF) through
a number of FMS cases (USAF prime contractor
L-3 Communications, Platform Integration Division
This project is acquiring ten C-27J ‘Spartan’
Joint Cargo Aircraft and three years interim
support to replace the retired Caribou.
Delivery of the first aircraft to 35 Squadron
at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales, is
scheduled for mid 2015. During 2015-16 the focus
Two F/A-18F Super Hornets depart for a mission after
air-to-air refuelling. Credit: CoA
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