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prototyped by Sikorsky in the US and will complete
testing by the end of March 2016. The modifications
will then be progressively retrofitted into the
Australian Romeo fleet by 2020.
Multi-Role HelicopteR (MRH)
AIR 9000 PhAsE 2
prime contractor: Airbus Group Australia Pacific
(formerly Australian Aerospace).
Project AIR 9000 Phase 2, 4 and 6 is
acquiring a total of 47 Multi Role Helicopters
(MRH90) for the Army and the Navy: Phase 2
acquires 12 MRH90 for an additional Army air mobile
squadron; Phase 4 replaces the Black Hawk fleet;
and Phase 6 replaces Navy Sea Kings.
During 2015-16 the project is scheduled to
accept a further six production aircraft, bringing the
total number of aircraft in inventory to 40. A retrofit
program which upgrades the initial 13 aircraft to
the final contracted configuration will also complete
during the year. The aircraft have achieved IOC
in both the Army and the Navy and the focus this
year will continue to be on achieving the remaining
operational milestones in the lead-up to the FOC in
The key risk for the project is the remediation of
technical and supportability issues associated with
the achievement of operational milestones.
evolved Sea SpaRRow MiSSile upgRade
sEA 1352 PhAsE 1
prime contractor: Raytheon Missile Systems
through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
This project seeks to upgrade the Navy’s
existing Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
capability to ensure that the surface combatant
force can defeat the evolving regional anti-ship
missile threat. An upgraded ESSM is notionally
being described as the ESSM Block 2. This project
achieved first pass in 2014.
During 2015-16 Australia will contribute financially
to the development of the ESSM Block 2 through
the NATO Seasparrow Consortium and will continue
ship and facility integration studies in preparation for
The key risk for this project is the timely
progression of missile engineering and manufacturing
development activities, and the finalisation of missile
HelicopteR aiRcRew tRaining SySteM
JP [AIR] 9000 PhAsE 7
prime contractor: Boeing Defence Australia.
The new Helicopter Aircrew Training System is
being delivered through the project will provide
a new Joint training system to prepare the Navy
and the Army aircrew for conversion to operational
helicopter aircraft. The project will replace the current
systems based on Squirrel and Kiowa helicopters.
The acquisition of 15 EC135 helicopters,
associated synthetic training systems, courseware,
training services and a new training facility at HMAS
Albatross, New South Wales, will enable the training
of up to 130 military aircrew candidates a year with
the first pilot student course commencing in 2018.
During 2015-16 Boeing Defence Australia will
complete the training system design and focus on
development of the training devices and courseware.
The key risk is coordination of the facilities
construction schedule with the delivery of key
support elements, such as the first flight simulator, to
commence aircrew instructor training in early 2017.
MediuM lift HelicopteRS
AIR 9000 PhAsE 5C
prime contractor: Boeing Military Aircraft through
US FMS Sale case with the US Army.
The project is acquiring seven CH-47F Chinook
helicopters, to replace six CH-47D Chinook
helicopters currently in Army service, and
two Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators.
The Chinook provides the Army with its medium-lift
battlefield support capability. The new helicopters will
be based at the 5th Aviation Regiment, RAAF Base
The final two CH-47Fs will be delivered during
2015-16, bring the total number of aircraft in
inventory to the contracted seven. Both Transportable
Flight Proficiency Simulators were delivered in 2014-
15. The helicopters will be maintained in the US Army
baseline configuration, with the principal difference
being the fitment of a rotor brake to allow embarked
operations from the new Canberra Class Landing
Helicopter Dock ships.
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