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MULTI-ROLE HELICOPTER (MRH90)
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 2016-17, the project is scheduled to accept
all but the final production aircraft, bringing the total
number of aircraft to 46; the final aircraft will be delivered
in July 2017. The retrofit program, which upgraded the
first 13 production aircraft to the mature contracted
configuration, delivered the final aircraft four months
ahead of schedule in April 2016. The Project focus will
continue on the provision of the capabilities required
to enable achievement of the remaining operational
milestones in the lead-up to Final Operational Capability
The key risks for the project are associated with
the remediation of technical, role equipment and
supportability issues required for the achievement of
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $174 million)
ADDITIONAL KC-30A MRTT
AIR 7403 PHASE 3
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence and Space.
Air 7403 Phase 3 will acquire two additional KC-30A
Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to increase
the existing fleet of KC-30A MRTTs from five to seven
During 2016-17 the first aircraft will complete
conversion in the Airbus Defence and Space conversion
facility in Madrid, Spain, with delivery planned for mid
2017. The second aircraft is scheduled to commence
conversion in May 2016.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $170 million)
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 2016-17, this project will progress the
design and development of mission computing and
Identification Friend or Foe changes for delivery on two
aircraft in 2018-19. This project will also develop design
options for additional interoperability upgrades for future
project approval consideration by Government.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $164 million)
BATTLEFIELD AIRLIFT CARIBOU
REPLACEMENT – AIR 8000 PHASE 2
Prime Contractor: US Air Force (USAF) through
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) (USAF prime contractor L-3
Communications, Platform Integration Division (L-3 PID).
This project is acquiring ten C-27J ‘Spartan’ Joint
Cargo Aircraft and three years interim support to
replace the retired Caribou.
Four aircraft have been accepted by the Commonwealth.
Two aircraft have been delivered to 35 Squadron at
RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales, with two
aircraft located in the United States to support aircrew
and maintainer training. During 2016-17 the project will:
continue establishment of logistic support arrangements
at RAAF Base Richmond, continue delivery of aircraft,
plan for a longer term training solution and conduct 35
Squadron Operation Test and Evaluation to support
Initial Operational Capability (end 2016). Work will also
continue on preparations for the aircraft structural fatigue
test and procurement of training aids.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $148 million)
PILOT TRAINING SYSTEM
AIR 5428 PHASE 1
Prime Contractor: Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd.
AIR 5428 Phase 1 will establish a new Pilot Training
System for the Australian Defence Force. AIR5428 will
replace existing training aircraft and acquire synthetic
training systems, an enhanced curriculum and training
media. The planned withdrawal date of the current
advanced training aircraft (PC-9/A) is December 2019.
During 2016-17, this project will deliver four PC-21
training aircraft, and two flight training simulators. The
associated learning environment will be near completion
which will enable Air Force to commence validation of
training material at RAAF Base East Sale. Air Force will
also continue training of flying instructors in preparation
for commencement of Pilot Training System operation
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $144 million)
BRIDGING AIR COMBAT CAPABILITY
AIR 5349 PHASE 1
Prime Contractor: The Boeing Company/ Boeing
Under Foreign Military Sales cases with the United
States Navy, the project has procured the Super
Hornet capability. Phase 1 continues to provide
residual spares and support minor project activity
including weapons integration.
The focus for 2016-17 will be the continued
identification of additional Super Hornet support
requirements associated with the revised Planned
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $57 million)
LEAD-IN FIGHTER CAPABILITY
AIR 5438 PHASE 1A
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 Instrumentation pods.
In accordance with the re-baselined schedule, during
2016-17 the project will conduct the final phase of
flight testing and seek full Service Release of the
capability. The project will also commence full rate fleet
modification to support Initial Operating Capability and
Final Operational Capability.
The key risks for this project are the delivery of the
final aircraft software load with acceptable level of
integrity, maturity of the fleet modification process and
implementation of the operational support system.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $55 million)
SYSTEM (LAND) PH2B
JP 2072 PHASE 2B
Prime Contractor: Boeing Defence Australia.
The project will provide the Army with a deployable,
wideband communications backbone by replacing
the existing Battlefield Telecommunications Network
with an enhanced deployable network capability. A
complementary support system will also be established.
Contracts were signed with Boeing Defence
Australia on 3 September 2015 for both acquisition and
support of the capability. Boeing completed the System
Requirements Review and Systems Design Review by
early 2016 and have demonstrated prototypes of key
elements of the capability.
The focus of development in 2016-17 is preparation
for the Preliminary Design Review in late 2016.
The key risk for the project is the contractor
coordinating and integrating the development of multiple
sub-elements of the capabilities.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $167 million)
WOOMERA RANGE REMEDIATION
JP 3024 PHASE 1
Prime Contractor: Not in contract.
This project will replace the aging instrumentation
at the Woomera Test Range which is used to conduct
Defence Test and Evaluation and Research and
Experimentation activities. The Woomera Test Range
consists of the Woomera Prohibited Area and the
Woomera Restricted Airspace, and occupies an area
of approximately 124,000 square kilometres in remote
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