Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR June 2015 Contents The key risks for this project are timely availability
of the ships for installation, other system installations
in the Anzac ship concurrent with this project’s
installation, system of systems integration of the
modernised communication system, and integration
into the complex electromagnetic environment of the
Anzac Class Frigates.
Improved TacTIcal elecTronIc SupporT
capabIlITy for anZac claSS
SEA 1448 PhASE 4A
prime contractor: Exelis Inc.
This project will provide the Anzac Class
Frigates with a replacement tactical Electronic
Support (ES) mission system for improved
passive situational awareness and early threat
warning. The project includes the provision of ES
mission system emulators for training and a ground
based support segment for ES mission system
The project successfully completed Factory
Acceptance Testing of the first system in March
2015. Delivery of production systems and installation
of the capability across the Anzac Class including
land based support facilities will commence in the
third of quarter 2015.
cIvIl mIlITary aIr TraffIc SySTem
(cmaTS) – AIR 5431 PhASE 3
prime contractor: Not in Contract.
This project will provide the Defence element
of a single national Civil Military Air Traffic
Management System (CMATS) being
progressed jointly under the OneSky program with
Airservices Australia. Airservices Australia is the
lead agency for the OneSky program. The CMATS
will provide operational benefits and efficiencies
for military and civil airspace users, and reduced
acquisition and support costs for Airservices Australia
and Defence. The scope includes 12 Air Traffic
Management automation systems, communications
infrastructure, training systems, and Defence’s share
of a Joint Software Support Facility.
An Advance Work Supply Arrangement Deed
of Standing Offer (AWSA) was signed on 27
February 2015 by Thales Australia and Airservices
Australia to allow critical path activities associated
with requirements determination for Defence and
Airservices Australia, and accelerated deployment of
Airservices Australia voice systems to be progressed
in 2015-16. A supporting collateral deed was signed
by Thales, Airservices Australia and Defence.
c-130J large aIrcrafT Infrared
AIR 5416 PhASE 4B2
prime contractor: US FMS case with the USAF.
This project will provide the Air Force C-130J
with the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter
Measures (LAIRCM) system, to enhance the
Electronic Warfare Self Protection of the aircraft.
The LAIRCM capability design, hardware and the
modification of the first four aircraft in the US, are
being provided via FMS. The remaining eight aircraft
will be modified in Australia.
The Project Systems Requirements Review was
conducted in February 2015 ahead of the first
aircraft induction, planned for December 2015 at the
Lockheed Martin Greenville SC facility. The program
stakeholders have agreed to consider various options
to expedite the aircraft modification schedule to
support operations, with the intent to modify the first
four aircraft in the USA earlier than the current IOC
The key risk for this project is contractor
performance maintaining the project plan, particularly
with respect to the activities leading to the first
fIxed defence aIr TraffIc conTrol
SurveIllance SenSorS – AIR 5431 PhASE 2
prime contractor: Not in contract.
This project will provide new radars and
Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast
sensors to replace the aging radars located at
nine Defence airfields. The new radars and ADS-B
sensors will support Defence Air Traffic Management,
and provide data to Defence’s Air Battle Management
systems and Airservices Australia.
Initial design work is planned to commence during
Helicopters, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
and Guided Weapons
fuTure naval avIaTIon combaT SySTem
(fnacS) – AIR 9000 PhASE 8
prime contractor: Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin
through United States Foreign Military Sale cases
from United States Navy.
The 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters
to be acquired by the project will replace the
current fleet of 16 S-70B-2 Seahawk ‘Classic’
The acquisition of the Romeos will enable the Navy
to provide eight helicopters concurrently embarked
in Anzac Class Frigates and the new Hobart Class
Destroyers. The remainder will be based at HMAS
Albatross, New South Wales, conducting training and
The project remains on schedule and budget.
During 2015-16 a further 11 aircraft will be delivered
to the Navy, bringing the total number of aircraft
in inventory to 22. The main focus in 2015-16 will
be to achieve IOC at sea. The final two aircraft are
scheduled for delivery in early 2016-17.
The Australian Unique Modification program will be
An Australian Army Bushmaster Protected
Mobility Vehicle drives through the Afghan
National Army Officer Academy. Credit: CoA
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