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2013-14 DEfENcE BuDGEt
During 2013-14, this project will deliver the final
logistics support requirements and the final element
of the radar performance remediation program. This
project will also progress the remediation of software
deficiencies in the electronic support measures,
communications and mission computing subsystem.
The remaining key risk is the timely integration
of required software updates to the operational
aircraft to support the Final Operational Capability
AIR 5349 Phase 2 Bridging Air Combat
Prime Contractor: United States Government
through Foreign Military Sales cases.
This project will introduce into service a number
of new weapons and countermeasures under the
Australian Super Hornet program. These weapons
will significantly enhance the Air Force’s ability to
conduct air, land and maritime strike operations. This
project is running concurrently with AIR 5349 Phase
1 to deliver the Bridging Air Combat Capability.
During 2013-14, the United States Navy (USN)
will conduct further integration testing of the Joint
Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) on Super Hornets.
JSOW deliveries are planned for 2013-14. The
United States Air Force (USAF) has re-scheduled the
delivery of Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile
for future years. This project continues to work with
the USAF to manage the new schedule.
The key risk for this project is schedule. Both the
USAF and USN are under budgetary pressure and
have identified early indications of schedule slip in
their domestic programs and production contracts.
AIR 5349 Phase 3 Growler Airborne Electronic
Attack Capability (2721/37/90 NB: a further
219 is pre-allocated for 2014-15)
Prime Contractor: Boeing, through a Foreign
Military Sales case with the United States
The Government announced in 2012 its commitment
to a future fleet of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic
attack aircraft for Australia. As part of the 2013 White
Paper announcement, the Government has decided
to acquire 12 new-build Growler aircraft which will
ensure that the original bridging capability of 24
Super Hornets remains intact while allowing for timely
introduction of Growler. This phase will be subsumed
into the acquisition project.
AIR 5402 Air to Air Refuelling Capability
Prime Contractor: EADS CASA (Trading as
This project is delivering five new generation Airbus
A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft
(known as the KC-30A in RAAF service) and the
associated through-life support infrastructure for the
During 2013-14, this project will complete the
review of test reports and documentation for the
military avionics and Aerial Refuelling Boom systems;
complete refurbishment and re-delivery of the first
(prototype) aircraft following completion of testing in
Spain; and deliver upgrades to the simulation training
devices in line with modifications to the aircraft fleet.
The key risk for this project remains the schedule
for completion of testing and documentation for
acceptance and introduction into service of the boom
This project continues to be managed as a Project
AIR 6000 Phase 2A/B Joint Strike Fighter
Prime Contractor: Lockheed Martin is
contracted to the United States Government
for the development and production of the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Australia is procuring
the aircraft through a government-to-
This project will deliver 14 Conventional Take Off and
Landing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and
associated support systems.
During 2013-14, the production of Australia’s first
two F-35 JSF Aircraft will progress significantly down
the production line.
The key risk for this project is the effective
establishment of a reprogramming capability sufficient
to support initial operations.
AIR 8000 Phase 2 Battlefield Airlift - Caribou
Prime Contractor: L-3 Communications
through the United States Foreign Military
Sales process with the United States Air
This project is acquiring a fleet of 10 United States-
military configuration C-27J aircraft as a military off the
shelf procurement through the United States Foreign
Military Sales process, with only minor changes
required to meet Australian airspace regulations.
During 2013-14, this project plans to procure
aircraft spares and support equipment, establish
an interim United States based training system
and undertake airworthiness certification activities
in preparation for first aircraft acceptance and the
commencement of flight training by mid 2014.
The key risk for this acquisition project is completion
of Australian airworthiness certification requirements
prior to first aircraft acceptance and commencement
of flight training in the United States from mid 2014.
AIR 9000 Phase 2/4/6 Multi Role Helicopter
Prime Contractor: Australian Aerospace.
This project is acquiring 46 MRH90 helicopters
for Army and Navy. Phase 2 represents 12 Army
MRH90 (additional Squadron to support air mobile
lift capability) to which has been added Phase 4, the
replacement of the Army’s Black Hawks, and Phase
6, the replacement of the Navy’s Sea Kings, for a total
of 46 helicopters.
During 2013-14, this project plans to accept a
further seven aircraft in the mature configuration,
progress the retro-fit program for the early
configuration aircraft, accept the second full-flight
mission simulator and support the achievement of the
Initial Operational Capability milestone for Navy (the
first embarked aircraft at sea).
The key risks for this project over 2013-14 will
be the timely resolution of the outstanding technical
and supportability issues and the generation of
the necessary flying rates to meet Navy and Army
This project is being managed as a Project of
Concern, although early May the Defence Ministers
announced “the DMO has formally signed a Deed
of undertaking with Australian Aerospace and their
industry partners that will help put the MRH90
helicopter program back on a positive footing.”
AIR 9000 Phase 8 Future Naval Aviation
Combat System Helicopter (2933/459/412)
Prime Contractor: Foreign Military Sales case
with the United States Navy.
The 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters
to be acquired by AIR 9000 Phase 8 will replace
the capability of the current 16 S-70B-2 Seahawk
The acquisition of the Romeos will enable Navy
to provide eight helicopters concurrently embarked
in Anzac class Frigates and the new Hobart class
Air Warfare Destroyers. The remainder will be based
at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales,
conducting training and maintenance.
During 2013-14, the first four aircraft will be
accepted in the United States and the initial
introduction into service training for aircrew and
maintainers will be completed, Australian certification
activities will be completed, and construction of
the dedicated Seahawk Romeo facilities at HMAS
Albatross and HMAS Stirling will commence.
The key risk for this project remains coordinating
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