Australian Government: Department of Defence
Defence Capability Plan 2009 - Public Version

AIR 5077

Phase 4 AEW&C Sustainment Study

Phase Scope

Phase 4 aims to conduct studies and planning to assure the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability throughout life-of-type.


The Wedgetail capability comprises six aircraft and associated support systems and facilities. Phase 4 is intended to provide scientific, engineering and interoperability studies to develop a costed management plan to support the AEW&C capability out to its end of life. It is expected that upgrade phases will be developed as a result of this study.

Australian Industry Opportunities


The studies may be conducted by consultants who would be engaged through the various contracting methodologies available to Defence.

Through-life Support

As Phase 4 is a study phase, there are no through‑life support aspects.

Industry Capabilities and Activities

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:

Activity Capability
AEW&C Systems
Modelling / Simulation O
Project Manage O
Systems Definition / Development D
Acquisition Category (ACAT)
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 4 Low <$100m (Towards the middle of the band)
Project Management Complexity Level 4 Low
Schedule Level 4 Low
Technical Difficulty Level 4 Low
Operation and Support Level 4 Low
Commercial Level 4 Low

The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT IV.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval

FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15


FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15

Initial Operating Capability

Not applicable

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:

Deputy Director

Battlespace Management

(02) 6265 5561

Defence Materiel Organisation:

Director Project Management Unit

AEW&C Systems Program Office

(02) 4034 8220

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version