Chapter Six - Defence Materiel Organisation > Approved Major Capital Equipment Projects > AIR 5376 Ph 2
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Approved Major Capital Equipment Projects

Top 30 Projects by 2004-05 Expenditure

AIR 5376 Ph 2 F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade

Prime contractor: The Boeing Company (United States)

This project seeks to upgrade the F/A-18 fleet to incorporate enhancements that will improve situational awareness, radar and electronic warfare capabilities to allow the aircraft to perform its air defence tasks more effectively. The improved situational awareness aspects address cockpit displays, a moving map, a helmet-mounted cueing system for the advanced short-range air-to-air missile, and improved datalinks.

Assessment of electronic warfare options, including the source selection of the radar warning receiver and the planned counter measures dispensing system and jammer is progressing with source selection planned for late 2005. A major milestone was achieved with the project completing the aircraft modification on two prototype aircraft. These aircraft commenced detailed ground and flight testing of the pilot situational awareness modifications in February 2005, with design acceptance certification planned for late 2005.

The revised estimate was due to price and exchange rate fluctuations and the reprogramming of expenditure to align with United States Navy foreign military sales case disbursement forecasts. Further, the successful negotiation of the prime contract for the Hornet aircrew training system has resulted in the acceleration of the schedule, which therefore required additional programming during 2004-05.

The project exceeded its 2004-05 expenditure targets primarily due to additional United States Navy foreign military sales case disbursement for cockpit display hardware procurement and software integration exceeding conservative revised forecasts.

This project contributes to Air Force capability.

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