Aerospace Systems Division

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment

Aerospace Systems Division

Aerospace Systems Division (ASD) manages the acquisition and through-life support of aerospace systems for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). 

ASD is responsible to the Service Chiefs and Chief of the Defence Force for delivery of acquisition outcomes.

ASD provides through-life support to a range of fixed wing aircraft types including:

  • F/A-18 Classic and Super Hornet
  • Hawk Lead-In Fighter
  • Airborne Early Warning and Control
  • AP-3C Orion
  • C-17A Globemaster III
  • KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport
  • C-130J Hercules
  • PC9
  • B300
  • Special Purpose Aircraft

ASD also provides through-life support to a number of advanced flight simulators and ground support equipment fleets.

The Division manages many large projects including:

  • Air to Air Refuelling Capability (AIR5402)
  • Additional C-17A Globemaster III (AIR8000 Phases 3 and 4)
  • Bridging Air Combat Capability – Super Hornet (AIR5349 Phase 1)
  • F/A-18F Growler (AIR5349 Ph3)
  • Block Upgrade to C-130J (AIR5440)
  • Battlefield Airlifter Replacement – C27J (AIR8000 Phase 2)
  • Maritime Patrol and Response Aircraft System (AIR7000 Phase 2B)
  • Replacement pilot training system (AIR5428)
  • ESM Upgrade to the AP-3C (AIR5276 Phase 8B)

ASD is divided into the following branches:

Airlift and Tanker  Systems

This branch is responsible for the Air Lift and Tanker weapons systems. It comprises Systems Program Offices (SPOs) that support the sustainment of the C-130J, C-17, KC-30A and Special Purpose Aircraft weapon systems. The branch also manages the acquisition of the Air-to-Air Refuelling Capability, Heavy Airlift Capability, and the replacement Battlefield Airlifter Capability.

Aerospace Combat Systems

This branch is responsible for the Air Combat weapons systems. It provides overall management for the acquisition and sustainment of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, F/A-18 A/B Classic Hornet, Growler and the Hawk Lead-In-Fighter and comprises three SPOs and three major projects. The Australian F-35A Lightning II Air System being procured under Project AIR 6000 Phase 2A/B within the Joint Strike Fighter Division will transition into sustainment over the period 2018-2023.

Aerospace Maritime, Training and Surveillance

This branch is responsible for the acquisition and through life support of Maritime, Training and Surveillance Systems and equipment including Aerospace Materiel which supports multiple aircraft platforms. The Branch comprises of SPOs that support sustainment of the AP-3C, Heron, PC-9 and B300 weapon systems. Major projects currently underway include the Maritime Patrol Capability Replacement, the acquisition of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the rapid acquisition of other intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets as required, a range of projects to upgrade the AP-3C, and the replacement pilot training system.

Doing business with ASD

As ASD continues to work with Defence to deliver required aerospace support to the ADF, many industry opportunities will arise. Contact your nearest Business Access Office for more information on how to work with Defence.

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ASD provides engineers and project managers with the opportunity help create, deliver and sustain ADF capability. ASD engineers and project managers work on state-of-the-art aircraft, infrastructure, weapons, ancillary technical equipment and related aviation ground combat support systems.

Current Division Projects