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Projects of Concern list updated

The Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft from No.2 Squadron

The Projects of Concern list has been updated, with two projects being removed from the list and two other projects added.

The Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Wedgetail Aircraft Project and the Lightweight Torpedo Project have been removed from the Projects of Concern list having both achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC).

The Mulwala Redevelopment Project and the Direct Fire Support Weapon Project have been added to the list.

The Mulwala Development project––established to deliver a propellant manufacturing facility to replace an existing facility––was added to the list due to technical and equipment issues which have resulted in significant delays. There is also an increasing risk that the current budget will not be enough to complete the project.

The Direct Fire Support Weapons project was established to provide weapons with specific range and target effects to improve Defence’s close combat capability. This included a new Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher. The project has been added to the list because the Launcher was rejected due to non-conformances identified during contract negotiations and the Initial Operating Capability for the Launcher has now slipped by almost five years.

The Projects of Concern process focuses the attention of the highest levels of Government, Defence and Industry on remediating problem projects.

Since the Projects of Concern process was established, 21 projects have been put on the list. Fifteen have since been removed––13 due to remediation and two due to cancellation.