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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.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $53 million)
IMPROVED TACTICAL ELECTRONIC
SUPPORT CAPABILITY FOR ANZAC
CLASS – SEA 1448 PHASE 4A
Prime Contractor: Harris Corporation following
acquisition of Exelis in June 2015.
This project will provide the Anzac class frigates
with a replacement tactical Electronic Support
mission system for improved passive situational
awareness and early threat warning. The project
includes the provision of Electronic Support mission
system emulators for training and a shore-based
support segment for Electronic Support mission
The project successfully completed first of class
system installation and at sea trials in August 2015.
Delivery of production systems and installation of
the capability across the Anzac class will continue
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $52 million)
OVERLANDER MEDIUM AND HEAVY
LAND 121 PHASE 3B
Prime Contractor: Medium/Heavy Vehicle Capability:
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia; Medium/
Heavy Trailer Capability: Haulmark Trailers Australia;
Bushmaster vehicles: Thales Australia; Additional G
Wagons: Mercedes-Benz Australia-Pacific.
This project will deliver approximately 2,700 medium
and heavy vehicles in an array of variants, including
recovery trucks, integrated load handling systems
and flatbeds, in both protected and unprotected
configurations. To complement the acquisition,
3,845 modules and flatracks will be supplied and
approximately 1,700 trailers will also be acquired to
enhance the payload carrying capacity
During 2016-17, this project will be transitioning
from detailed design and verification to production
and delivery of the capability to Defence. In quarter
one 2017, the project will begin the first delivery of
vehicles, trailers and modules to Army units.
The key risk for the project remains the performance
of various systems during verification to meet the
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $686 million)
LAND 125 PHASE 3C
Prime Contractor: Thales Australia.
Land 125 Phase 3C will deliver the Enhanced F88
rifle and a suite of Surveillance and Target Acquisition
ancillaries including an enhanced day sight and thermal
and image intensifier sights.
A contract for the production of 30,000 Enhanced
F88 rifles, 2,277 Grenade Launcher Attachments,
repair parts and training aids was signed in July 15.
Deliveries commenced in August 2015 and continue in
accordance with the schedule.
Contracts for the surveillance and target acquisition
ancillaries were signed through seven standing offer
deeds by November 2015 and deliveries commenced
in February 2016. The delivery of all ancillary devices is
scheduled to occur ahead of the original schedule.
The Introduction Into Service of the Land 125 Phase
3C capability is scheduled to commence in July 2016.
The key risk for the project is late delivery of systems
from the surveillance and target acquisition ancillaries’
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $110 million)
OVERLANDER PROGRAM (PHASE 4)
LAND 121 PHASE 4
Prime Contractor: Thales Australia.
This project will deliver 1,100 Protected Mobility
Vehicles – Light (‘Hawkei’) for command, liaison, utility
and reconnaissance roles. In addition, approximately
1050 companion trailers will be acquired to enhance
payload carrying capacity. The Hawkei balances
requirements for survivability, mobility, payload,
communications, useability and sustainability; providing
a high level of protection against blast and ballistic
threats, with the mobility to enable operations in high
During 2016-17, this project will be conducting
reliability trials and other capability requirements testing
on pilot vehicles and trailers, prior to finalising contractor
designs for the build of low rate initial production vehicles.
The key risk for the project is the performance of
the vehicles during capability requirements verification,
particularly in the areas of reliability and survivability.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $95 million)
ENHANCEMENTS TO SPECIAL
JP 2097 PHASE 1B
Prime Contractor: Special Operations Vehicle -
Commando capability: Supacat Pty Ltd; Suite
of selected communication systems to meet
networked requirements: Harris Corporation; Mobile
communications capability: Northrop Grumman M5
Network Security; Special Operations Vehicle - Support
capability: Jankel Armouring Ltd.
This project will enhance the ADF’s special
operations land mobility and networked special
operations capabilities. The land mobility component
will deliver 89 special operations vehicles for
commando operations and 22 special operations
vehicles for support. The networked special operations
component will deliver a range of command, control,
communications, computing and intelligence
sub-systems to meet special operations needs.
During 2016-17, this project will complete the
delivery of 32 special operations vehicles for commando
operations to meet the initial operating capability
requirement, provide a range of equipment to deliver a
high frequency patrol radio capability and deliver 156
The key risks for this project are: achieving the
technical and accreditation requirements for the
mobile information and communications technology
capability; and meeting the reliability requirements
to maintain the schedule for the Special Operations
Vehicle - Commando.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $89 million)
ENHANCED GAP CROSSING
CAPABILITY – LAND 155 PHASE 1
Prime Contractor: This project is managed using
a Managing Contractor model: Jacobs Pty Ltd.
The major bridging suppliers are: Floating Bridge
System (FBS) General Dynamics European Land
Systems – Germany; Bridge Erection Propulsion
Boats – Life of Type Extension: Birdon Pty Ltd;
Modular Bridging System: WFEL Ltd; Rapid
Emplacement Bridges: WFEL Ltd; and Footbridge:
Israeli Military Industries Systems.
This project will provide land forces with the ability to
cross a range of wet and dry gaps in support of combat
operations and will comprise of combat bridging that
will remain in place for a limited time and can then
be redeployed forward to maintain support to the
During 2016-17, this project will complete acceptance
testing and evaluation for the Floating Bridge System
and the Footbridge.
The key risk for this project is to schedule; due to a
possibility that personnel will not be available to support
testing at critical project milestone points.
(Estimate of spend 2016/17 $69 million)
DIRECT FIRE SUPPORT WEAPONS
LAND 40 PHASE 2
Prime Contractor: NIOA Nominees Pty Ltd.
This project is providing two new direct fire support
weapon capabilities into service: the 84mm M3 Carl
Gustaf recoilless rifle with a Heavy Weapon Thermal
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