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Approved Major Capital Equipment Projects

Top 30 Projects by 2004-05 Expenditure

AIR 6000 SDD New Air Combat Capability

Memorandum of Understanding: United States Government

This project aims to introduce a new air combat capability with the air dominance and strike functions currently provided by the F/A-18 Hornet and F-111 aircraft fleets. While a formal decision on the replacement aircraft has not yet been made, the Government stated its expectation in June 2002 that this capability would be provided by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The Joint Strike Fighter is being developed by an international collaborative program, led by the United States, and is in the System Development and Demonstration stage. The System Development and Demonstration phase funds Australia's contribution to the program.

Under a separate phase, the project is undertaking collection and analysis of System Development and Demonstration information and the associated studies, risk mitigation and planning activities necessary to support the Government's first pass procurement decision scheduled for 2006. It also supports Australian industry participation in the Joint Strike Fighter program and development of the international agreement that will provide the means for the Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development phase of the program. Formal negotiations for this agreement commenced in May 2005 and are planned to conclude in June 2006 and signature of the Memorandum of Understanding in December 2006.

The project achieved its revised 2004-05 expenditure targets.

This project contributes to Air Force capability.

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