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Approved Major Capital Equipment Program (+$286.6m)

Former Top 20 Projects

The table below provides details on projects that were reported as top 20 projects in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2003-04 on the basis of budget estimates, but do not rank in the top 20 on the basis of the revised estimates.

Table 4.4 Former Top 20 Projects
  Approved Project Cost(1) Cumulative Expenditure(2) 2003-04 Budget Estimate(3) 2003-04
Revised Estimate(4)
2003-04 Actual
  $m $m $m $m $m
Maritime
Replacement Heavyweight Torpedo System 405 72 34 17 17
Electronic and Weapon Systems
Air-to-Air Weapons Capability 311 235 31 27 14
Milsatcom - Military Satellite Payload 347 338 12 14 9
Air-to-Air Weapons Follow-on Buy 176 117 32 8 6

Notes

  1. December 2004 prices.
  2. Cumulative expenditure to 30 June 2004.
  3. December 2002 prices.
  4. January 2004 prices.

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Replacement Heavyweight Torpedo System

Achieved

Prime contractor: United States Navy

The new heavyweight torpedo is being developed jointly with the United States Navy under a cooperative armaments project. Initial stocks of weapons will be delivered in late 2005 to support the integration of the replacement combat system into the Collins-class submarines.

An initial shipment of spare parts, support, and test equipment has arrived in Australia to support the introduction of the new heavyweight torpedo in-service date of 2007. The upgrade of the Torpedo Maintenance Facility in Western Australia has commenced and is scheduled for completion in March 2005.

A portable shallow water tracking range will be developed to support the new heavyweight torpedo test and evaluation program. Operational testing of the new torpedo will be conducted jointly with the United States Navy in Australian waters in 2005.

Expenditure for 2003-04 was in line with the revised estimate.

This project contributes to Navy capability.

Air-to-Air Weapons Capability

Substantially Achieved

Prime contractors: Raytheon, through foreign military sales with the United States Government, and MBDA UK Ltd.

This project seeks to maintain a credible air-to-air weapons capability for F/A-18 aircraft through the acquisition and integration of new beyond-visual-range and within-visual-range missiles.

The majority of within-visual-range missiles have been received and introduced into operational service on the F/A-18 aircraft. A decision was made this year to invest in an Australian deeper maintenance and software support capability for the within-visual-range missile.

Expenditure was below the revised estimate due to delays in signing the in-service support contract.

This project contributes to Air Force capability.

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Milsatcom - Military Satellite Payload

Achieved

Prime contractor: SingTel Optus Pty Ltd (formerly Cable and Wireless Optus Satellites Pty Ltd)

This project provides Defence with a communications satellite capability across Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region in the X, Ka and UHF communications frequency bands.

The satellite was launched successfully in June 2003 and operational control of the Defence payload was transferred to Defence in July 2003, following completion of satellite in-orbit testing. The C1 satellite also provides Sing Tel Optus with commercial telecommunications services over Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. Arrangements have been established for the joint operation and management of the shared satellite asset.

The project was completed $28m under budget.

This project contributes to Command of Operations capability.

Air-to-Air Weapons Follow-on Buy

Substantially Achieved

Prime contractors: Raytheon, through foreign military sales with the United States Government, and MBDA UK Ltd.

This project will complete the air-to-air weapons capability for the F/A-18 aircraft through the acquisition of new beyond-visual-range missiles and within-visual-range missiles and associated aircraft launchers.

All beyond-visual-range missiles (the advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles) have now been delivered. The introduction into service of the new version of the missile encountered test data transmission problems, which delayed final testing until April 2004. The new variant missile will enter operational service by December 2004. Only five within-visual-range missiles (the advanced short-range air-to-air missiles) out of the total inventory remain to be delivered. These deliveries are expected by December 2004.

Actual expenditure was lower than expected due to the delays.

This project contributes to Air Force capability.

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