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targets for several hours, with a higher probability of
Finally, Israeli Aircraft Industries are also believed
to have explored the possibility of offering one of
their stable of Special Mission aircraft optimised for
SYNERGIES BETWEEN THE FAMC
AND FASC PROJECTS
Both RFIs invited respondents ‘ . . . . to provide
information identifying any non-developmental
solutions to provide surface Intelligence, Surveillance,
and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, under water
ISR capabilities, and over land ISR capabilities
that could potentially allow for synergies between
Defence's Air Mobility and Air Surveillance projects.
As a guide, a typical mission in ISR roles requires
the sensors / platform to stay on station for a period
of at least four hours at a range of 1200nm from
‘Respondents are invited to provide Rough Order
Magnitude pricing information for any/all synergistic
solutions on a per aircraft basis, identifying any
specific fleet numbers or ‘price points’ which would
In descending order of preference, Defence wants
information on any non-developmental solutions
allowing for FAMC/FASC functions being conducted
via the same basic platform type (which may or
may not be reconfigurable to meet each capability
requirement as a common fleet); common cockpit
functionality between the FAMC/FASC platform
types (to enable common front cockpit aircrew
training and use of common simulation devices); and
common systems and spares between FAMC and
FASC platform types (to enhance logistic support
through common use spares and equipment).’
ACQUISITION DECISIONS - PROCESS
NZ MOD capital acquisitions follow a three stage
approval process with the Government.
An Indicative Business Case (IBC) is presented
to provide Cabinet with an early indication of the
preferred way forward for high value and/or high
risk investment proposals and provides the senior
responsible officer with early certainty. It typically
follows a Strategic Assessment, which justifies the
need to change. Informed by RFI responses, FAMC’s
IBC will go to Cabinet possibly mid-2017, while
FASC’s IBC went to Cabinet in 2016.
The next step in the approvals process is the
presentation to Cabinet of a Detailed Business Case
which recommends a preferred option that optimises
value for money and seeks approval from decision-
makers to finalise the arrangements for successful
implementation. This typically follows a Request
for Tender and a detailed analysis of the tender
responses. Both FAMC and FASC projects are not
at this stage yet.
Finally an Implementation Business Case
recommends a preferred supplier and seeks approval
from Cabinet to enter into commercial contracts for
the provision of the preferred option. Again both
projects are not yet at this stage.
The dates for the latter two Business Cases will
be determined following Cabinet consideration of the
Indicative Business Case.
These two projects are attracting a great deal
of interest globally amongst suppliers of military
air mobility and surveillance capabilities. There are
established relationships with some potential prime
contractors and detailed investigation of potentially
others. As these projects progress more information
will come to hand and be provided to keep APDR
readers abreast with what is happening in these two
vital air projects for New Zealand’s future defence.
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