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the facilities construction schedule with the delivery
of key support elements, such as the flight simulator,
ahead of the first seven aircraft and trained personnel
returning from the United States at the end of 2014.
JP 2008 Phase 4 Next Generation Satellite
Communications System (863/557/38)
Prime Contractor: United States Government
through a Memorandum of Understanding.
This project will deliver the next generation ADF
wideband satellite communication system. The
project has delivered the Wideband Global SATCOM
System (WGS) Initial Operational Capability through
the utilisation of the Interim Anchoring capability
located at HMAS Harman (Australian Capital Territory)
and Geraldton (Western Australia).The fourth of six
satellites was launched in January 2012 and became
operational in August 2012.
During 2013-14, WGS5 is expected to become
operational by August 2013 following launch in May
2013. WGS6 which Australia is funding is 100%
complete and in storage, and is expected to be
launched in July 2013, and become operational by
November 2013. This project expects to achieve Final
Materiel Release in late 2013.
The key risk is achieving the tightly compressed
timeframe between WGS5 and WGS6 launches.
JP 2030 Phase 8 Joint Command Support
Prime Contractor: System Integrator
Contractor: CSC Australia; Development
& Support Contractor: Lockheed Martin
During 2013-14, this project will deliver two
additional capability releases of software
infrastructure and application solutions for Head
Quarters Joint Operations including enhancements
to Situational Awareness Common Operating Picture
capability, improvements to Joint Planning capability,
and enhancements to the Defence Preparedness
capability. This project will also deliver the Special
Operations Combat Net Radio Interface capability
into operational service.
The key risks for this project are supporting
complex, multi-organisation, situation specific
business processes and practices with bespoke
information technology solutions and ensuring the
delivered solution provides an efficient and effective
This project will be subject to a special Gate
Review this year.
JP 2048 Phase 3 Amphibious Watercraft
Prime Contractor: Navantia.
This project will acquire 12 new watercraft to operate
with the two Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock
(LHD) ships. The watercraft (LHD Landing Craft)
will provide an organic ship to shore connection in
support of Defence’s amphibious capability. The
LHD Landing Craft will interface and operate with
the LHD ships and enable transport of personnel and
equipment between the LHD ships and the shore,
including where there are no fixed port facilities or
prepared landing facilities.
During 2013-14, this project will receive and
accept the first batch of four LHD Landing Craft
from Navantia and once in Australia will install the
communication, navigation and weapon systems.
The key risk to this project is integration of
Amphibious Deployment and Sustainment —
JP 2048 Phase 4A/B (3071/2394/203)
Prime Contractor: BAE Systems Australia
This project is scheduled to deliver two Canberra class
Landing Heavy Dock (LHD) vessels and associated
LHD support system comprising configuration
information training, spares, documentation, and test
During 2013-14, this project is expected to deliver
ALHD01 (HMAS Canberra) to the Royal Australian
Navy in early 2014 and the hull of ALHD02 is planned
to arrive in Australia in early 2014.
The key risks for this project are associated with
the complex system integration and the availability of
appropriately qualified staff.
JP 2070 Phase 2 Lightweight Torpedo
Prime Contractor: EuroTorp, Thales.
This project will deliver MU90 Anti-Submarine
Lightweight Torpedoes, integrated with the Anzac
and Adelaide class frigates. JP 2070 Phase 2
was removed from the Project of Concern list in
December 2012 along with JP 2070 Phase 3.
During 2013-14, this project will complete
transition activities sufficiently to close this project.
The key risk for this project is retaining sufficient
staff to successfully complete transition activities and
close this project.
JP 2072 Phase 2A Battlespace
Communications System (LAND)
Prime Contractor: Harris Corporation.
This project will deliver combat net radios to replace
many of the current land based, dismounted radios
in use by the ADF. The current dismounted radio
fleets are approaching end-of-life and these legacy
analogue radios will be replaced by modern digital
radios, maximising commonality with the radio fleet
procured under the previous JP 2072 Phase 1.
During 2013-14, this project will continue with
delivery of the radios as well as other introduction
into service activities. This project will also commence
management of support contracts for the radios and
The key risk for this project is managing the
smooth transition into service and support of the new
JP 2086 Phase 1 Mulwala Redevelopment
Prime Contractor: Lend Lease.
This project will deliver a modernised propellant
manufacturing facility at Mulwala, to replace the
existing but now obsolete plant that dates back
to the 1940s. The modernised facility will meet
more stringent and contemporary environmental
work, health and safety standards. The existing
Commonwealth owned Mulwala Facility, which
manufactures propellants for incorporation into ADF
munitions, is operated by Thales Australia Limited.
During 2013-14, the design and construction
contractor will continue the task of commissioning
the modernised facility using trained operators from
the Thales workforce. This commissioning process
will include the manufacture and qualification of
military grade propellants. Following acceptance by
the Commonwealth in 2014, the modernised facility
will be transitioned for operation.
The key risk for this project is the successful
transition of propellant production from the existing
facility to the modernised facility. This risk is being
mitigated by this project obtaining appropriate
technical expertise and engaging closely with key
internal and external project stakeholders.
This project is being managed as a Project of
LAND 17 Phase 1A Artillery Replacement
155MM Howitzer (323/136/28)
Prime Contractor: Through several United
States Government Foreign Military Sales
This project will deliver approximately 35 M777A2
lightweight towed howitzers, a command and control
battle management system based on the Advanced
Field Artillery Tactical Data System software, and
course correcting fuzes. This project has introduced
into service the towed howitzers, and the final version
of the battle management system.
2013-14 Defence BuDget
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