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System and introduce an Infrared Search and Track
System to the platform.
During 2013-14, this project will continue with the
ASMD Follow-On Ships upgrade work on HMAS
Arunta and HMAS Anzac.
The key risk for this project, in conjunction with
Phase 2B, is the overall substantiation of the weapon
system’s design capabilities and the achievement of
SEA 1448 Phase 2B Anzac Ship Anti-Ship
Missile Defence (676/407/73)
Prime Contractor: CEA Technologies
Proprietary Limited and the Anzac Ship
Integrated Material, Support Program Alliance
(comprising the DMO, Saab Technologies
Australia and BAE Systems).
This project will deliver a phased array radar system
to the Anzac class frigate for target indication/
tracking, mid-course guidance and target illumination
for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, and a new
dual navigation radar system to replace the existing
navigation radar suite.
During 2013-14, this project will deliver the final
stage 2 component of the ASMD program, consisting
of a software upgrade to both the phased array radar
and combat management system. This will deliver
unequalled capability, making the ANZAC class frigate
the most capable ship in its class. During 2013-14,
both HMAS Perth and HMAS Arunta will be upgraded
and delivered to Navy with the full ASMD capability.
The key risk for this project is that the final suite of
weapon firings does not prove the weapon system’s
design capabilities and/or achieve sea acceptance.
SEA 1448 Phase 4A Anzac Electronic Support
System Improvements (260/6/25)
Prime Contractor: Exelis Inc.
This project will provide the Anzac class Frigates with
an improved tactical Electronic Support (ES) mission
system for improved passive situational awareness
and early threat warning. The project includes the
provision of an ES mission system and emulators for
training and a ground based support segment for ES
mission system programming.
During 2013-14, this project will complete System
Preliminary Design Review and System Critical Design
The key risk for this project is the integration of the
ES mission system into the complex electromagnetic
environment of the Anzac class Frigates.
SEA 4000 Phase 3 Air Warfare Destroyer Build
Prime Contractor: The AWD Alliance.
The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program is being
delivered under an alliance-based contracting
arrangement between ASC AWD Shipbuilder Pty
Ltd, Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd and the Government,
represented by the DMO.
This project will deliver three Hobart class AWDs
and their support system to the Navy, providing
a significant increase in defence capabilities, from
area air-defence and escort duties, right through to
peacetime national tasking and diplomatic missions.
During 2013-14, this project will achieve a number
of key milestones, including the completion of block
consolidation and integration for Ship 01, Hobart,
and the keel-laying for Ship 02, Brisbane. The AWD
Alliance will continue to receive deliveries of combat
system equipment for the future destroyers and blocks
will continue to arrive in Adelaide for Ship 02 and
The key challenge for this project is to maintain an
efficient, sustainable workforce that is successful in
progressing the consolidation and integration of the
AWDs, leading into through-life support activities for
the destroyers and future initiatives to protect the naval
shipbuilding industry capability ahead of the future
Acquisition projects previously in Top 30 lists,
but now almost complete, include 24 Super Hornet
fighter/bombers; F/A-18A Classic Hornet upgrades;
C-17 Globemaster III heavy transport aircraft; the Tiger
Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter; M113 Armoured
Personnel Carrier upgrade; and Guided Missile Frigate
There are a small number of minor projects for the
Navy, Army and Air Force which total $197m.
2013-14 DEfENcE BuDGEt
By its very nature Defence does not lend itself to rapid changes in non-operational expenditure, other
than by deferring planned acquisition expenditures through withholding approvals or readjusting
delivery schedules e.g . AWD vessels and F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
However, urgent large scale deployments can create a spike in unavoidable operating costs.
In the present national and international economic and political climate, funding pressures will
continue to be exerted on Defence budgets. However, with broadly bipartisan political support for the
ADF, there should be no sudden shocks impacting personnel, their platforms, and the equipment and
stores that they use.
This Budget continues the capability intentions of recent years and although there will undoubtedly
be some fine tuning of budgets on an annual basis. The ADF should be able to continue meet the
outcomes expected of it.
For all 230 pages of detail, go to: http://www.defence.gov.au/budget/13-14/index.htm.
Credit: Oliver Carter
7/06/13 1:26 PM
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