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Phase 2 Upgrade Australian Military Airspace Communications and Control System (AMACCS)
This phase is a technology refresh for the UHF/VHF/HF communications systems delivered under Phase 1.
AIR 5397 Phase 1 delivered fixed and deployable Air Traffic and Air Defence communications systems across the ADF. Communications technology for Air Traffic Control has advanced since the introduction of Phase 1. Phase 2 is expected to reassess the communications requirements within each Air Traffic and Air Defence system and consider the introduction of new technology.
The introduction of Internet Protocol (IP) over radio, voice over IP and data communications over radio are to be assessed for relevance to ADF air-ground-air communications.
The method of acquisition is expected to be Commercial- or Military-off-the-Shelf (COTS or MOTS) to the maximum extent possible through open tender. Australian industry opportunities are expected to be for the supply, installation and integration of the new capability. It is likely that any new radios sourced from overseas manufacturers will require Australian in-country partners to manage, at site level, the network design and integration, installation, and set to work program. Opportunities to standardise the fleet of Pilot Monitoring Facility radios and Air Defence Ground Environment radios may also be available.
Through-life support to the maximum extent possible using extant Defence corporate logistics tools and processes is expected for this capability. This includes seeking to have engineering, maintenance and logistics support contracts signed at the same time as acquisition.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
|Systems Integration (High End, System of Systems)||Facilities & Infrastructure|
|Assemble / Install||D||D|
|Education / Training||D|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||D|
|Manufacture / Construct||O|
|Repair and Maintain||D|
|Software Development / Support||D|
|Test and Evaluate||D|
|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 3 Moderate|
|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.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15
FY 2014-15 to FY 2016-17
|Initial Operating Capability||
2016 to 2018
Deputy Director Battlespace Management
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Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director Project Development & Integration Surveillance and Control Branch
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