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CAP 2 AP-3C Capability Assurance Program
AP‑3C Capability Assurance Program (CAP) 2 is intended to treat AP‑3C data management system, electronic support measures and ground support system obsolescence and investigate acoustic warfare system and data link upgrades.
AIR 5276 is a multi-phased project to update the Air Force AP‑3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The remaining unapproved phases of AIR 5276 have been restructured into the AP‑3C CAP to deliver AIR 5276 in coordinated and integrated blocks, with a focus on capability outcomes and improved efficiency of delivery. A number of AIR 5276 approved phases, including CAP 1 are complete or being delivered. The former CAP 3 scope has been subsumed by CAP 2.
The AP-3C CAP will be delivered as integrated elements of the AP‑3C Block Upgrade Program (BUP). The AP‑3C BUP is the preferred delivery mechanism for all current AP-3C projects including in-work AIR 5276 Phases, AP‑3C CAP and RAAF Minor Projects.
CAP 2 is intended to treat AP-3C data management system, electronic support measures, and ground support systems obsolescence and sustainment issues. Treatment of these systems is essential to ensure the continued availability of AP‑3C capabilities. Acoustic warfare and data link system upgrades will be considered to ensure the AP‑3C capability edge is maintained until the aircraft’s planned withdrawal date.
A Prime System Integrator or direct engagement of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) is expected to be required to support integration of the new capabilities introduced by CAP 2 onto the AP-3C weapon system. The Integrator and/or OEMs will be required to introduce CAP 2 capabilities under a Block Upgrade concept to maximise operational availability of aircraft and support systems.
Either the Prime System Integrator, individual OEMs or existing through-life support (TLS) contractors will be expected to provide TLS for CAP 2 capabilities. It is anticipated that all elements delivered through CAP 2 will be supported through amendments to existing TLS contracts.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
|Acoustic Technologies & Systems||Communications Security||Electronic Warfare||Support of Mission & Safety Critical Software||Systems Integration (High End, System of Systems)|
|Assemble / Install||D||D||D||D||D|
|Education / Training||O||O||O||D||D|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||D||D||D||D||D|
|Repair and Maintain||D||D||D||D||D|
|Software Development / Support||D||D||D||D||D|
|Test and Evaluate||D||D||D||D||D|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 3 Moderate $100m-$500m (Towards the middle of the band)|
|Project Management Complexity||Level 3 Moderate|
|Schedule||Level 3 Moderate|
|Technical Difficulty||Level 2 High|
|Operation and Support||Level 3 Moderate|
|Commercial||Level 3 Moderate|
The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT III.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11
FY 2011-12 to FY 2012-13
|Initial Operating Capability||
2014 to 2016
Staff Officer Maritime Patrol and Response 2
(02) 6265 5447
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director P3 Block Upgrade Program
(08) 8393 3318