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BRIDGING AIR COMBAT CAPABILITY
AIR 5349 PHASE 1 (2010 / 2011 $493 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: Boeing Company, under a Foreign Military Sales
(FMS) arrangement with the United States (US) Government.
This phase of the project will acquire 24 F/A-18F Block II Super Hornet
multi-role aircraft and associated support systems and services. This will
ensure that Australia’s air combat capability edge is maintained through
the transition to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter during the coming decade.
Following successful testing and acceptance activities conducted by
the US Navy (USN) in late 2009 and early 2010, five aircraft were ferried
to Australia and arrived at RAAF Base Amberley on 26 March 2010 to
AIR TO AIR REFUELLING CAPABILITY
AIR 5402 ($493 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: EADS CASA (Trading as Airbus Military), (Spain).
This project is acquiring five new generation Airbus A330 Multi-Role
Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft – to be known as KC-30A in RAAF
ser vice. The acquisition also establishes the infrastructure necessary
to deliver services including engineering, maintenance, spares
management, technical data, software and training support for the new
Programmed expenditure during 2010-11 is based on payment
milestones and earned value in relation to delivery and acceptance of the
first three aircraft and associated support system elements, conversion of
the fourth A330 (in Australia), and delivery of the fifth commercial A330
to Airbus Military prior to commencement of conversion.
F/A-18 HORNET UPGRADE
AIR 5376 PHASE 2 ($107 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTORS: The DMO is the prime systems integrator of
elements provided by:
• The Boeing Company (US) – for the avionics and electronic warfare
self protection upgrade
• The USN – for aircraft software integration and radar warning receiver
• SAAB (Sweden) – for supplementary countermeasures dispensing
• Elta (Israel) – for active radio frequency electronic counter measures
• Elbit Systems Limited (Israel) – for Hornet Data Recorder
• Boeing Defence Australia - for production installation of the electronic
warfare self protection suite of modifications.
AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE FOR LAND OPERATIONS
JP 129 PHASE 2 ($77 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: To be determined.
This phase of the project seeks to provide two Tactical Uninhabited Aerial
Vehicle ( TUAV ) systems; each comprising five air vehicles, two ground
control stations, a tactical launch and recovery element, and associated
tactical support systems.
Defence has finalised its capability requirements for this phase of the
project, which places emphasis on operationally proven off-the-shelf
systems which can be delivered in minimum time to support current
and future operational needs. An analysis of candidate TUAV systems
against capability, schedule, risk profile and cost has been completed,
and an acquisition business case is being prepared for Government
NEXT GENERATION SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
JP 2008 PHASE 4 ($193 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: Boeing via the US Government.
This phase of the project seeks to deliver high-priority components of
the next generation satellite communication system supporting the
ADF from 2008. The project will address the ADF’s wideband satellite
communications requirements by partnering on the US Wideband Global
Satellite ( WGS) communication system program.
Interim anchoring provides early access to the first block of WGS through
a mix of offshore anchoring using US facilities with backhaul to Australia
and small capacity in-country anchoring for direct access to WGS
satellites viewable from within Australia.
ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS
JP 2008 PHASE 5A ($145 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: Intelsat LLC.
This phase of the project seeks to deliver an enhanced Ultra High
Frequency (UHF) satellite communications capability over the Indian
Ocean region. Intelsat LLC has been contracted to include a hosted
UHF payload, owned by Defence, on the IS-22 commercial satellite that
Intelsat plans to launch to provide commercial pay-TV and data ser vices.
IS-22 is scheduled to commence in-orbit operations in mid-2012 .
The project will also upgrade the Australian network control system to
handle the additional capacity provided by the payload. Intelsat will
support the capability for 15 years following in-orbit acceptance by
BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (BMS)
LAND 75 PHASE 3.4 ($124 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: Elbit Systems Limited.
This phase of the project will deliver a vehicle mounted BMS into
a Brigade Group in support of Network Centric Warfare Roadmap
milestones. This capability is to be delivered in cooperation with JP 2072
Phase 1 that is delivering the combat radio system, and LAND 125 Phase
3A that is delivering a dismounted BMS.
A Contract with Elbit Systems Limited was signed on 15 March 2010. IOC
based on a combat team in 7 Brigade in Brisbane is due in July 2011. FOC
in 7 Brigade is due in April 2013.
DISMOUNTED BATTLE GROUP AND BELOW COMMAND,
CONTROL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (BGC3)
LAND 125 PHASE 3A ($65 MILLION)
PRIME CONTRACTOR: Elbit Systems Limited. This phase of the project
will deliver 1,501 BMS-dismounted and 164 dismounted command posts
to the ADF. This is part of the BGC3 requirement.
This year’s Defence budget contains few surprises with the Government holding to its commitment to raise expenditure so as to increase the size
of the ADF and fund current operations. Out of a total allocation of $25.6 billion, more than $5 billion will be spent on the 30 largest acquisition
programs. Two Navy projects alone – the 3 Air Warfare Destroyers and 2 LHDs – account for more than $1.5 billion. The largest projects are:
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