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Phase 1 Pilot Training System
This project intends to provide Air Force, Army and Navy with a new fixed wing Pilot Training System (PTS). The system will provide platforms for flight screening and cover all facets of undergraduate pilot training from basic flying up to entry into Air Force Lead-In Fighter and Operational Conversion Units. The system will also provide candidates for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) to be delivered under Project AIR 9000 Phase 7.
The PTS is also responsible for the initial training of Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) to support the PTS and fixed-wing operational training. Airborne platforms selected for pilot training will also be assessed for their suitability for use by the Forward Air Control Development Unit (FACDU) and Air Operations Support Group (AOSG). If suitable, these aircraft will be acquired under AIR 5428.
The project aims to utilise basic and advanced training systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fixed wing PTS. Specifically the system will:
All pilot training will be conducted within Australia. The ADF intends to retain the military elements of the existing PTS, including military flying schools and the use of predominantly military QFI for student instruction.
Although the industry requirements are yet to be determined, the requirements are anticipated to include:
The training aircraft are expected to be Commercial - or Military-off-the-Shelf. It is anticipated that the acquisition will provide the level of technical transfer and Intellectual Property (IP) access from the OEM necessary to ensure Australian industry is in a position to provide the necessary support of the aircraft in-country.
Subject to further definition, through-life industry involvement is anticipated to include:
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
|Activity||Rotary and Fixed Wing Aircraft||Facilities & Infrastructure|
|Assemble / Install||D|
|Education / Training||D|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||D|
|Manufacture / Construct||D|
|Modelling / Simulation||D|
|Repair and Maintain||D||D|
|Software Development / Support||D|
|Systems Definition / Development||D|
|Test and Evaluate||D||D|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 1 Very High >$1500m (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 2 High|
|Commercial||Level 2 High|
The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15
|Initial Operating Capability||
2015 to 2017
AIR 5428 Desk Officer
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Project Manager AIR 5428