Outcome 4 Air Force capability

Capability performance information

Output 4.1 Capability for Air Combat Operations
Performance Targets Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved. Preparedness levels demonstrated through F/A-18 and F-111 participation in Exercises Bersama Shield 08, Pitch Black 08 and Red Flag Alaska 08.
Achieve levels of training that maintain core skills and professional standards across all assigned warfare areas. Achieved.
Maintain upgrade and refurbishment of the F/A_18 Hornet aircraft. Substantially achieved. The majority of Hornet Upgrade Program targets were achieved and completion is on schedule. The first Structural Refurbishment Program 2 prototype was completed and returned to service and the second is underway. Low rate initial production commenced with the first two aircraft inducted in February 2008 with full rate production due to commence in late 2008.
Maintain planning for the introduction of Super Hornet in 2010-12 and the withdrawal of the F-111. Achieved. Planning for F-111 withdrawal by end 2010 and introduction of the Super Hornet in 2010-2012 is on schedule.
Quantity 21 F-111 - 3,600 flying hours Substantially achieved. 81 per cent (2,933 flying hours). The underachievement was principally the result of low aircraft availability for extended durations throughout the reporting period. This was a result of ageing aircraft issues requiring the development of new technical solutions, and significant damage to two airframes following a serious bird-strike and an in-flight fire.
71 F/A-18 - 11,500 (12,500[1]) flying hours Achieved. 98 per cent (11,301 flying hours).
33 Hawk Lead-in Fighter - 7,200 (8,000[1]) flying hours Substantially achieved. 91 per cent (6,572 flying hours). Underachievement was attributed to a combination of reduced serviceability, shortages of flying instructors and a lack of fast jet pilot students. Additional instructors will be trained and fast jet pilot student throughput is expected to increase in 2008.
4 PC-9/A (Forward Air Control training aircraft) - 1,030 flying hours Achieved. 97 per cent (1,002 flying hours).

Note

  1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
Output 4.2 Capability for Combat Support of Air Operations
Performance Targets Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved. Preparedness levels demonstrated by ongoing deployments to the Middle East, short notice deployments to Papua New Guinea for humanitarian assistance operations and support to exercises such as Pitch Black 08.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards in conjunction with Defence Support Group and the DMO across all operations. Substantially achieved. While operational commitments continued to place significant pressure on training programs, core skills and professional standards were maintained at acceptable levels.
Quantity Provide the level of preparedness required based on a force structure of:
  • two expeditionary combat support wings
  • one health services wing.
Achieved.
Output 4.3 Capability for Surveillance and Response Operations
Performance Targets Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved. Preparedness targets were met or exceeded, as demonstrated by the ongoing operational commitments to Operations Slipper, Catalyst and Resolute, and commitment to Operation Astute.
Achieve levels of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all assigned warfare areas. Substantially achieved. The high operational tempo placed pressure on No 92 Wing to complete all non-core training activities, however all core skills were maintained.
Finalise plans for the introduction of the Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft into operational service in 2009-10. Substantially achieved. 2007-08 Wedgetail aircraft planning requirements were substantially completed. Considerable effort and support continued to be provided to the project team. Test and development activities continued as expected. Training is scheduled to commence in 2009, subject to contractor delivery of supplies.
Quantity 19 P-3 Orion aircraft - 7,850 (8,200[1]) flying hours. Substantially achieved. 96 per cent (7,533 flying hours). Minor underachievement due to serviceability, spares issues and limited maintenance capacity.

Note

  1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
Output 4.4 Capability for Airlift Operations
Performance Targets Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved. Preparedness was constantly demonstrated with the continued deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations under Operations Catalyst and Slipper, and regionally for Operations Astute and Anode. Rapid and sustained responses to humanitarian crises and disaster relief such as the Charleville, QLD, and Papua New Guinea flood relief, support to Operation Nargis Assist cyclone relief in Burma, search and survivor assistance and aero-medical evacuations were conducted.
Achieve levels of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all assigned warfare areas. Achieved.
Continue to Introduce the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III into service. Achieved. All four C-17 Globemaster III aircraft have now been delivered and transition, training, test and evaluation activities are on schedule. Initial operating capability was achieved in August 2007. Final operating capability is expected in mid-2011.
Maintain planning for the transition of the air-to-air refuelling capability in 2009-10 to the KC30B, whilst withdrawing the B707 from service in 2008. Achieved. Planning for the transition from the B-707 to KC-30B Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft continued in support of its introduction into service. The B-707 was retired on 30 June 2008. Initial operating capability for the KC-30B is scheduled for December 2009.
Quantity 24 C-130 Hercules - 9,960 (9,200[1]) flying hours Achieved. 103 per cent (10,235 flying hours).
4[2] C-17 Globemaster III - 2,500 (3,500[1]) flying hours Substantially achieved. 84 per cent (2,102 flying hours). The under achievement was due to the uncertain nature of test and evaluation activities. However, the test and evaluation program is on schedule; initial operating capability was achieved in August 2007 and achievement of final operating capability is expected on schedule.
14 DHC-4 Caribou - 3,800 (4,100[1]) flying hours Substantially achieved. 82 per cent (3,129 flying hours). The collocation of the Caribou fleet in Townsville impacted the ability to fully achieve the forecast flying hours; however, the collocation will result in future efficiencies. The fleet was also affected by maintenance issues and spares availability.
2[3] B-707 - 800 flying hours Achieved. 97 per cent (776 flying hours).
2 B-737 BBJ - 1,414 flying hours Achieved. 100 per cent (1,419 flying hours).
3 CL604 Challenger - 2,403 flying hours Substantially achieved. 92 per cent (2,216 flying hours). All training requirements were achieved. The underachievement was due to reduced customer requirements.

Notes

  1. As initially estimated in Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
  2. Period commenced with two C-17s with a further two received in September and October 2007.
  3. Period commenced with two B-707s, both of which were retired during the year.