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DEFENCE BUDGET 2016-17
The Top 30 sustainment projects have an estimated expenditure of $4.022b as the major part of $5.237b estimated sustainment
expenditure overall. There is a further $202m allocated in the sustainment budget under the heading Support to Operations.
T he Sustainment Budget 2016-17 gives full
details of the Top 30 products by Division
covering Aerospace Systems, Helicopters,
Joint Systems, Land Systems, Maritime Systems
In the Top 30 sustainment product descriptions
which now follow, the estimated 2016-17 expenditure
is noted in brackets after the product name.
AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIVISION
The Aerospace Systems Division (ASD) provides
through-life support to all the RAAF’s fixed wing aircraft
including the Heron UAS. In addition they look after
the advanced flight simulators and ground support
Their highest priority sustainment tasks are naturally
those in support of operational deployments in the
Middle East and for HADR to Fiji recently after Cyclone
Winston. But they also have to keep ageing aircraft flying
while introducing C-27J now, with PC-21s, F/A-18G
Growlers and P8 Poseidons in the near future.
The E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control System
($213m) fleet comprises six aircraft, associated
simulators and software laboratories. During
2016-17 the focus will be on working with Boeing
Defence Australia and industry partners to reform
organisational arrangements within both the industry
elements and the Commonwealth.
The F/A-18 Hornet Weapon System ($192m)
involves the Classic Hornet fleet and associated support
materiel which is sustained by Tactical Fighter System
Program Office (TFSPO). TFSPO is supported through
multiple CASG organisations, Air Force workshops and
contracted industry partners.
The F/A-18F Super Hornet Weapon System ($192m)
comprises 24 aircraft in support of air combat capability
requirements. During 2016-17, efforts will focus on the
commencement of the Air Combat Electronic Attack
Sustainment Contract and the transition of the Growler
capability into the Air Combat & Electronic Attack
sustainment system. Through 2016-17, the Super
Hornet spiral capability upgrades will continue.
The Lead-In Fighter Hawk 127 Weapon System
($117m) fleet consists of 33 Hawk 127 aircraft and
associated ground and support systems. BAE Systems
Australia Limited provides logistics support for the Hawk
127 fleet under an In Service Support contract. During
2016-17 the focus will be on: ensuring the transfer
of Operational Maintenance from Air Force to BAE
Systems occurs with minimal impact on capability.
The APC-3 Orion ($108m) fleet consists of 16
aircraft and a range of ground based systems.
Airbus Group Australia Pacific, BAE Systems and
Raytheon Australia are the key industry partners
providing deeper maintenance, engineering and
logistics support to the capability.
During 2016-17, the APC-3 fleet will continue to
be maintained under the more resource intensive
's afety-by-inspection' program. Fleet disposal
will continue in 2016-17 in accordance with the
approved disposal strategy.
The C-130J Weapon System ($104m) fleet
consists of 12 aircraft and one Level 5 full flight
mission simulator. The C 130J is supported by two
prime performance based contracts. Airbus Group
Australia Pacific provides intermediate and deeper level
maintenance, logistics and engineering support for the
aircraft, and StandardAero provides similar support for
the propulsions system.
During 2016-17, the focus will be on completing fleet
embodiment of Link 16 and the secure communications
systems, fitment of crashworthy loadmaster seating
and internal storage panniers to the C 130J fleet, and
the development of a new loadmaster and maintainer
The C-17 Heavy Air Lift Weapons System ($93m)
comprises eight aircraft and associated training systems.
Sustainment is predominately undertaken through a
range of Foreign Military Sales arrangements with the
United States Air Force.
During 2016-17, the focus will be on a range of
equipment capability upgrades to the C-17A fleet.
The KC-30A Weapon System ($77m) comprises five
aircraft and the related training system. The
KC-30A capability is completing transition from the
project phase to sustainment.
During 2016-17 the focus will be on generating fully
mission capable aircraft and implementing the Contract
Reform program that will be completed in Q4 2015-2016.
The Special Purpose Aircraft Weapon System
($52m) consists of two Boeing Business Jets and
three Challenger 604 aircraft. These leased aircraft are
managed under a total contractor support arrangement
with Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services.
HELICOPTERS SYSTEMS DIVISION
The Helicopter Systems Division provides through-life
support to eight Army and Navy rotary wing weapons
systems and supports Army’s Shadow 200 tactical
unmanned aerial system. Support consists of fleet-
wide engineering, repair parts, contract management
for deeper level maintenance, replacement of ageing
and obsolescent equipment, and, where required,
The high priority sustainment tasks remain the support
of operational deployments. The key challenges in
2016-17 will be continuing to improve the performance
of the MRH90 and Tiger systems.
The Multi Role Helicopter - TLH MR H90 ($207m)
fleet will expand during 2016-17 to 46 aircraft of the 47
being acquired. In-Service Support is provided under a
prime contract with Airbus Group Australia Pacific.
Improving aircraft availability is a key focus for
2016-17 and beyond; to that end, a Maintenance
Burden Reduction Program will optimise and reduce
MRH90 scheduled maintenance.
The Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Weapons
System ($145m) has 22 aircraft in-service in the
final mature configuration. In-Service Support is
provided under a prime contract with Airbus Group
Remediation of technical issues associated with
aircraft systems has improved weapon system
performance and availability.
Support will also be provided for the development of
the Tiger’s amphibious capability for operations in the
new Canberra Class Landing Helicopters Dock; first
of class flight trials are scheduled for the first quarter
The AIR 9000 Phase 8 - MH -60R ($53m) deliveries
will soon be complete with all 24 in Australia by early
in FY16-17. Construction of the Maritime Helicopter
Support Company maintenance facility is on schedule to
open late FY15-16. The first helicopter will be inducted
into this facility for deep maintenance early in FY16-17.
JOINT SYSTEMS DIVISION
Joint Systems Division provides through-life support
to a range of command and control systems,
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