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Phase 4B2 C-130J Large Aircraft Infra-red Countermeasures (LAIRCM)
Phase 4B2 is intended to provide additional Electronic Warfare Self Protection (EWSP) for the C-130J aircraft consisting of infrared counter-measure systems.
AIR 5416 (ECHIDNA) is a multi-phase project dealing with improving EWSP across a number of aircraft. Phase 4 was to acquire EWSP for C-130J aircraft. It is structured as follows:
This phase relies heavily on the provision of Military-off-the-Shelf (MOTS) EWSP systems through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
The installation of the laser based infrared countermeasures systems may be carried out under FMS arrangements or under commercial arrangements with support from Australian industry.
Due to the US centred FMS nature of the proposed procurements, Australian industry involvement in system support is expected to be limited.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase includes:
|Activity||Electronic Warfare||Rotary & Fixed Wing Aircraft|
|Assemble / Install||D|
|Repair and Maintain||D|
|Test and Evaluate||D||D|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 3 Moderate $100m-$500m (Towards the lower end of the band)|
|Project Management Complexity||Level 2 High|
|Schedule||Level 2 High|
|Technical Difficulty||Level 2 High|
|Operation and Support||Level 3 Moderate|
|Commercial||Level 3 Moderate|
The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11
FY 2011-12 to FY 2012-13
|Initial Operating Capability||
2012 to 2014
Deputy Director Aircraft Survivability
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director Airborne Self Protection Systems Program Office