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

AIR 5232

Phase 1 Air Combat Officer Training System

Phase Scope

This Project is intended to provide the ADF with an Air Combat Officer (ACO) training system tailored to meet the training needs of future ADF ACO aircrew.


The project aims to utilise advanced training systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ACO aircrew training system. The system aims to deliver the fundamental core training for all ACO and then accommodate the specialist training needs of Navy Observers and Air Force ACO aircrew. Specialist training of Air Force ACO battlespace managers is not within the scope of Phase 1. The complete system may not be replaced at once, but rather will be dependent on a Training Needs Analysis, expiration of current contracts and obsolescence of elements in the current system.

Australian Industry Opportunities


It is anticipated that Australian industry will have the opportunity to design, develop and implement the ACO training system.

Through-life Support

It is anticipated that Australian industry will have involvement with the through-life support aspects of the ACO training system, including the management, ongoing development, delivery, logistics and operational support.

Industry Capabilities and Activities

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

Activity Capability
Rotary & Fixed Wing Aircraft Training Systems
Assemble / Install D D
Design   D
Education / Training D D
In-Service / Through-life Support D D
Logistics Support D D
Manufacture / Construct O O
Modelling / Simulation D  
Project Manage D  
Repair and Maintain D  
Software Development / Support D  
Systems Definition / Development D D
Systems Integration D D
Test and Evaluate D D
Acquisition Category (ACAT)
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 2 High $500m-$1500m (Towards the lower end of the band)
Project Management Complexity Level 2 High
Schedule Level 2 High
Technical Difficulty Level 3 Moderate
Operation and Support Level 3 Moderate
Commercial Level 3 Moderate

The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT III.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval

FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11


FY 2011-12 to FY 2012-13

Initial Operating Capability

2015 to 2017

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:

Deputy Director Training

(02) 6265 5450

Defence Materiel Organisation:

Directorate of Emerging Aerospace Projects Project Manager 1 – Fixed Wing

(02) 6265 5534

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version