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work done to cover the capability gap.
PTS RFT – WHAT MIGHT IT LOOK
These days when defence contractors are about
to receive documents like RFTs, or even draft RFTs,
they commit themselves not to disclose the contents
to any third party other than potential sub-contractors
and are on no account to make public comment
about their potential offer for the project.
Therefore APDR has been unable to see the draft
RFT, although our experience gives us some insight
into what should be there, as a minimum.
It will be to the Australian Standard for Defence
Contracting (ASDEFCON) Volume 2. That is after
a cover page it will provide general information for
users and a covering letter. The normal Defence
tender requirements of confidentiality, compliance,
governance, timeline, glossary and definition
sections, as well as other tender conditions will be
A Conditions of Contract and any annexes to
those conditions will form Part 2.
The Statement of Work and annexes to it can be
expected to include as a minimum a PTS statement of
requirements (SOR); aircraft SOR; aircraft integrated
logistics system (ILS) requirements; synthetic training
system (simulator) SOR and synthetic training
system ILS requirements. Courseware and the other
components of a complete training package will
need to be specified.
There will be a requirement to commit to how
through life support (TLS) is to be delivered.
Of these various stated requirements, the most
interesting to the reader is probably the aircraft SOR.
Aircraft sourced will be expected to be already in
service, apart possibly for the Traffic Collision and
Avoidance System (TCAS) instrumentation (also
required in the simulator) which will need to be
certified to meet Australian conditions by contract
signature time. Aircraft numbers, including spares,
for a life-of-type (LOT) of at least 20 years and typical
annual flying hours will be specified.
Capability requirements will be nominated for the
various aspects of training to be delivered.
Airworthiness and certification requirements will
be stringent – including fatigue analysis reports;
crash analysis reports; stress analysis reports; design
usage spectrum data; electrical loads analyses;
thermal load analyses; hazard analysis; and failure
modes, effects and criticality analyses.
Proposed testing and acceptance schemes will be
thorough and comprehensive.
There will be a Statement of Operating Intent
which will describe in great detail how the aircraft will
be used throughout the training cycles.
All up it will be a clear and precise definition of
what the ADF will be looking for in its PTS aircraft.
Similarly thorough requirements will be stated for the
synthetic training devices (simulators) and the rest of
the training package.
AIR 9000 PHASE 7 HELICOPTER
AIRCREW TRAINING SYSTEM (HATS)
When the HATS RFT closed in April 2012
there were expectations that Raytheon/ Bell
Helicopter, KBR /Elbit/QDS, AgustaWestland/CAE/
BAE Systems, Australian Aerospace and Boeing/
Thales would all be tendering. They did, all with
modern twin-engine, digital cockpit IFR capable
helicopters and sophisticated training systems, as a
HATS will also train helicopter aircrew, readying
pilots and other crew members for transfer to
Lockheed Martin/Bristow Helicopter did not pursue
the opportunity after having earlier indicated they
would. Lockheed Martin are probably too involved
with JSF and other ADF projects to be diverted by
competing for HATS.
A down-select decision should be due any time
now to short list two, or maybe three, contenders.
When asked, a Defence spokesperson said: “The
AIR 9000 Phase 7 tender down selection is due to
be finalised during the first quarter 2013.”
The down selected groupings will then compete to
satisfy Defence that they should be recommended to
the Government as the preferred tenderer. Currently
the Year-of-Decision is forecast as FY2013-14 to
FY2014-15 in the 2012 DCP (Public Version.)
Although Defence has made it clear that HATS
will be based at Nowra, there will certainly be a
continuing role for Oakey in helicopter conversion
These days when defence contractors are about to receive
documents like RFTs, or even draft RFTs, they commit
themselves not to disclose the contents to any third
party other than potential sub-contractors and are on no
account to make public comment about their potential
offer for the project
5th Aviation Regiment Black Hawk helicopter over the hills just
out of Dili, Timor Leste. Credit: CoA / John Carroll
WHERE TO FROM HERE?
Probably more waiting! The PTS RFT will
hopefully emerge later this year, but will there
be a rapid down select decision, particularly in
this time of financial stringency and strategic
reform for Defence?
HATS is more likely to get up first because
the old analogue cockpit technology of Kiowas
and Squirrels simply does not equip pilots and
other aircrew for the sophisticated operation
of the modern helicopters now populating the
ADF’s air assets.
Let us hope that this key ADF airborne
capability enabler comes into use smoothly
and effectively, whenever that is, with no more
Seasprite-type scandals to dog Defence.
Raytheon’s Retention and Motivation
Initiative 2 (RMI 2) engagement with the RAN
at Nowra, using Bell 429 helicopters, shows
that these things can be done smoothly on time
and within budget.
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