Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR June 2015 Contents will be on the establishment of interim FMS logistic
support arrangements at RAAF Base Richmond,
achievement of training throughput, delivery of
additional aircraft and conduct of 35 Squadron
operation test and evaluation to support IOC by the
end of 2016. Work will also continue on preparations
for the aircraft structure fatigue test and procurement
of training aids.
Lead-in Fighter CapabiLity assuranCe
program – AIR 5438 PhAse
prime Contractor: BAE Systems United Kingdom.
This project will deliver an upgraded Lead-In
Fighter Training System which includes an
upgrade to the fleet of 33 Hawk 127 aircraft;
procurement of new full mission simulators; and
procurement of additional Air Combat Manoeuvring
During 2015-16, this project will continue flight
testing of the two validation and verification aircraft;
complete construction of simulator facilities at RAAF
Base Williamtown, New South Wales; and accept
delivery of Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation
The key risk for this project relates to the
operational implementation of the capability.
Contracts have been established for the construction
of new simulator facilities at RAAF Base Williamtown,
and RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia,
significantly reducing the associated risk to the
air to air reFueLLing CapabiLity
prime Contractor: EADS CASA (Trading as Airbus
Defence and Space).
This project has delivered five Airbus A330
Multi-Role Tanker Transport (KC-30A) aircraft
and the associated through-life support
infrastructure for the fleet.
The project has been removed from the Project of
Concern List and began the Introduction to Service
of the Aerial Refuelling Boom System and updated
Mission System in early 2015. During 2015-16, the
project will complete the KC-30A Block Upgrade
Program that will bring the aircraft fleet to a common
aeW&C interoperabiLity CompLianCe
upgrade – AIR 5077 PhAse 5A
prime Contractor: Boeing Defence Australia.
This project will deliver interoperability
compliance upgrades to the E-7A Wedgetail
Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and
its associated support systems.
During 2015-16, this project will implement
risk reduction activities that will develop mission
computing and Identification Friend or Foe design
information for future project approval consideration
battLeFieLd Command systems
LAND 75 PhAse 4
prime Contractor: Not in contract.
This project will continue to digitise and enhance
the Command, Control and Communications
systems for land tactical forces. The project
will seek to complete the provisioning of the initial
digitised brigade, commenced under LAND 75 Phase
3.4, Battle Management System, and introduce
equipment into a second brigade plus the supporting
In 2015-16 the project will complete the majority of
vehicle installations based on the designs delivered
under LAND 75 Phase 3.4, and complete the
design for integration into the M113AS4 (Armoured
Personnel Carriers) vehicles.
The project will also finalise first to second
pass risk reduction activities, including concept
demonstrators, that will generate the information
required for a future project approval consideration by
The key risk for this project is the complexity
of systems integration of the Battle Management
System into other related systems that are either in
development or in use within the ADF.
miLitary sateLLite CapabiLity –
Wideband terrestriaL inFrastruCture
JP 2008 PhAse 5B1
prime Contractor: Raytheon Australia.
Tranche 1 of this project will deliver small,
medium and large sized transportable satellite
terminals for the ADF units and introduces
into service an advanced waveform modem with the
The satellite terminals will expand the use of the
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system by
introducing these WGS certified terminals to the ADF
During 2015-16 the initial terminal acceptance
testing and delivery will be achieved. The system level
verification and the centralised monitoring and control
system verification are scheduled for 2016-17.
The key risks for the project are the WGS
certification of the advanced waveform modems, the
conformance to Australian electrical standards, and
the completion of the engineering reviews.
modernisation – seA 1442 PhAse 4
prime Contractor: Selex ES Ltd.
This project will upgrade the communications
capability in the Anzac Class Frigates. The
modernised capability will include improved
communications management system, secure voice
and tactical intercom system, secure switching,
tactical radio systems, and a high data rate line of
sight capability. Shore based integration and training
systems will also be provided.
During 2015-16, this project will finalise each of
the sub-system designs and progress system level
integration in preparation for First of Class installation.
A C-17 leaves RAAF Base Amberley.
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