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Approved Major Capital Equipment Projects

Top 30 Projects by 2004-05 Expenditure

AIR 5376 Ph 3.1 F/A-18 Hornet Structural Refurbishment Program - Stage 1

Prime contractors: L-3 MAS Canada (non-recurring engineering), BAE Systems Australia (interim production contract) and Boeing Australia Ltd (interim contracts) and (mature production contract - yet to be executed).

This project seeks to refurbish the airframe structure of the F/A-18 aircraft and involves the development and installation of several discrete structural modifications. This is the first of two stages of structural refurbishment that are required to ensure continued operation of the fleet until the aircraft's planned withdrawal date.

Following successful prototype of the modification on an aircraft in January 2004, the project is now into the production phase with nine aircraft delivered to date. Production is expected to continue through to December 2008 at RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales.

The project did not achieve its 2004-05 revised estimate due to price and exchange fluctuations, the reprogramming of facilities requirements to align with Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group building requirements, and reprogramming of funding for the installation of modification kits in line with contract schedule milestones.

This project contributes to Air Force capability.

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