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simulation in Defence” it says.
According to Defence’s Director General
Simulation Dr Mike Brennan, the project has
recently been subject to the Options Review
Committee process and now has the necessary
direction to proceed towards Government for
First Pass Approval, which is due to occur between
now and the end of 2012.
Dr Brennan says the DCP update published
late last year confirms the position of JP3028 and
he doesn’t anticipate any major changes in the
foreseeable future. “There are significant links
to simulation throughout the DCP, which is not
surprising in the Strategic Reform Programme
context as the move from real platforms to
simulation increases” he notes, “but we also need
to plan for preparedness and the competencies
required. It’s not a mature capability yet”.
As JP3028 gathers momentum, staffing levels at
the Australian Defence Simulation Office (ADSO),
residing within the Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Group Joint Capability Coordination Division,
have increased commensurately. In addition, Mr
Greg Akhurst has been appointed as its Director,
effectively becoming 2IC to Dr Brennan. Although
JP3028 is only one of the activities overseen by
ADSO, it does account for the bulk of the group’s
activities at present.
Industry is a major player in simulation around
the globe and in Australia it is no different:
The majority of the workforce that will enable
Defence’s vision lies within industry. Accordingly
it is important to determine how defence and
industry will work together in the future to
achieve the desired outcomes.
JP3028 is of course no exception to this and
a market survey was released to industry prior
to SimTecT 2010 in April last year. The survey
provided ADO with information that will be used
to shape the development of options that will be
pursued by the project.
Although the survey was not a binding contract,
it requested Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM)
costs against some of the identified project
requirements. It also flagged the probability of
a Formal Request For Tender being released
prior to Second Pass Approval, which is planned
for the 2013-16 timeframe. Initial Operating
Capability is, according to the document, set to
occur from 2017, The DCP however does not list
an IOC, noting merely that the date is yet to be
The DCP says, “The acquisition strategies for
individual elements of the capability will be
determined during first and second pass. It is
likely that the capability will be realised through
a series of COTS, MOTS, and developmental
acquisitions. It is expected that Australian
industry will be able to compete for the provision
of hardware, software, facilities and Through
Life Support”. It anticipates that the project
will acquire simulation services, systems and
supporting infrastructure from multiple sources.
“We will continue our engagement with
industry and they will tell us what technology
can realise” says Dr Brennan, “We are focussing
on a formal approach to industry and greater
Capability pieces will follow on from that
The project is at an ACAT II level, with a
published cost of between $500 million and $1
billion, but is likely to be towards the lower end
of the band.
JOINT COMBINED TRAINING
A high-end Joint Collective and Coalition Training
system, the JCTC is part of Headquarters, Joint
Operations command, tasked with enhancing
joint and combined training using a networked
To achieve these goals, JCTC links training
management systems with exercise areas,
headquarters, deployed units and simulators.
It is an example of the ‘joint’ approach to
simulation desired by the ADF and its allies.
JCTC staff contribute synthetic training
systems to major exercises such as the joint
US-Australian ‘Talisman Sabre; exercise to be
held in the middle of this year and the ‘Pitch
Black’ series of air defence exercises held in the
An Electronic Warfare simulation capability
for JCTC is being acquired under Project JP3021.
Project JP3028 and JCTC are not the only simulation
programmes in Defence of course, as every capability
project will utilise simulation to some extent.
Soldier explains to Ms Michaelia Cash, Senator for WA (LIB) how
the RBS 70 simulator works. Credit: CoA / Katrina Johnson
Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin AM, in the cockpit
of the Boeing Super Hornet Simulator. Credit: CoA
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