Equipping Defence

Collins Replacement Combat System

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Project Number:
SEA 1439 Phase 4A
Service:
Royal Australian Navy
Sector:
Maritime

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Project description

The SEA 1439 Phase 4A Replacement Combat System (RCS) project was established to provide each of the six Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Collins Class submarines with an initial installation of the United States (US) Navy (USN) Combat and Weapon Control System, minor improvements to the combat system augmentation sonar, and shore facilities for integration, testing and training.

Shore based systems are located at the Submarine Training and Support Centre at HMA Ship Stirling (WA) and a reference laboratory in the US at the Naval Undersea Warfare Centre. The project required the development of system commonality between the RAN and USN.

Deliverable Original Planned Achieved / Forecast Notes

Project Year of Commencement

Sep 2002

Initial Materiel Release (IMR)

N/A

Dec 2009

The RCS baseline (CS04) installed in HMA Ships Waller and Farncomb was approved for IOR by CN in May 2008 and September 2009 respectively. CN subsequently approved OR of that baseline on 9 December 2009. The capability delivered by the project is consistent with the MAA.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC)

Mar 2008

May 2008

As per IMR

Final Materiel Release (FMR)

Jan 2016

Oct 2018

FMR date was set at project approval before the submarine FCD program had reached maturity in terms of the length of dockings and impact of emergent work and other capability upgrades. As a result, the RCS installation schedule has been delayed.

Final Operational Capability (FOC)

2010

Feb 2019

HMA Ships Waller and Farncomb have achieved OR and are awaiting confirmation by the Capability Manager that other Fundamental Inputs to Capability are complete. FOC date was set at project approval before the submarine FCD program had reached maturity in terms of the length of dockings and impact of emergent work and other capability upgrades.

As a result, the RCS installation schedule has been delayed. The project has been able to recover some schedule following the promulgation of the Integrated Master Schedule. However, there is no opportunity to recover the original schedule. The final installation will be completed in HMA Ship Collins in 2018, with FOC currently expected to occur in 2019.

Content is current as at December 2014 and will be updated annually.

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