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F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
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TOP 30 DEFENCE PROJECTS 2014-15 Approved expenditure: $2.71 billion
AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND CONTROL
AIRCRAFT — AIR 5077 PHASE 3
Prime Contractor: Boeing (United States). This
project has delivered six E-7A Wedgetail Airborne
Early Warning and Control aircraft, and the
associated ground and support systems.
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
Approved expenditure: $3.841 billion
AIR TO AIR REFUELLING CAPABILITY
Prime Contractor: EADS CASA (Trading as Airbus
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 fleet.
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 refuelling system.
This project continues to be managed as a
Project of Concern.
Approved expenditure: $1.8 billion
BATTLESPACE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
(LAND) — JP 2072 PHASE 2A
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 ancillaries.
The key risk for this project is managing the
smooth transition into service and support of the
Approved expenditure: $439 million
NEXT GENERATION SATELLITE
JP 2008 PHASE 4
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.
Approved expenditure: $863 million
BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
LAND 75 PHASE 3.4
Prime Contractor: Elbit Systems Limited.
This project will deliver Mounted Battle
Management Systems including command
post systems to the ADF in cooperation with
Land 125 Phase 3A (dismounted systems) and JP
2072 Phase 1 (Combat Radio System).
During 2013-14, this project will deliver to
Army sufficient quantities of equipment to support
consideration of the Final Operational Capability
decision, which will consist of at least two motorised
infantry Battle Groups. To support this decision, the
Battle Management System will be employed by
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