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

AIR 5431

Phase 1 Deployable Air Traffic Management and Control System

Phase 2/3 Fixed Base Air Traffic Management and Control System

Phase Scope

Phase 1 seeks to provide a deployable Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System (DATMCS) to replace the existing system and to add additional capability.

Phase 2 seeks to provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) Surveillance Sensors to replace existing sensors at ADF fixed base locations.

Phase 3 seeks to provide an Air Traffic Management and Control System to replace the existing systems at ADF fixed base locations and a radar simulator at the School of Air Traffic Control (SATC).

Background

This project seeks to procure a new DATMCS to replace the existing Australian Defence Air Traffic System (ADATS) acquired under AIR 5186, which reaches life-of-type in 2015. The DATMCS is expected to comprise deployable and fixed surveillance sensors and command and control systems.

Phase 1 is intended to provide a number of deployable DATMCS. The current capability comprises a single Tactical Airfield Surveillance Radar (TASR).

Phase 2 seeks to acquire ATC sensors to replace existing Alenia radars at RAAF Bases East Sale and Tindal and the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey, and to replace the ADATS radars at RAAF Bases Amberley, Darwin, Pearce, Townsville and Williamtown and the Naval Air Station at Nowra.

Phase 3 seeks to acquire a fixed DATMCS for 11 ADF fixed air bases and a simulator for the SATC at RAAF Base East Sale.

Australian Industry Opportunities

Acquisition

The areas in which industry opportunities for Phase 1 are anticipated include:

  • integration of the new deployable DATMCS with extant Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems, e.g. ADATS and the Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS); and
  • test and evaluation.

The areas in which industry opportunities for Phase 2/3 are anticipated include:

  • removal and disposal of existing systems;
  • provision of new ATM systems;
  • integration of the new systems with extant ATM systems, e.g. ADATS and the TAAATS;
  • development of appropriate training systems and maintenance staff and, if applicable, integration within extant simulation and/or training systems; and
  • test and evaluation.
Through‑life Support

The industry opportunities are expected around developing and maintaining sufficient capability within Australian industry to undertake the range of through-life maintenance and support activities necessary to sustain the system(s).

Industry Capabilities and Activities

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in these phases include:

Phases 1 and 2/3 Capability
Activity Air Traffic Control System
Assemble / Install D
Design D
Education / Training D
In-Service / Through-life Support D
Logistics Support D
Manufacture / Construct O
Project Manage D
Systems Integration D
Test and Evaluate D
Acquisition Category (ACAT)
Phase 1
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 3 Moderate $100m-$500m (Towards the lower end of the band)
Project Management Complexity Level 3 Moderate
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.

Phase 2/3
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 3 $100m-$500m (Towards the upper end of the band)
Project Management Complexity Level 3 Moderate
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.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval

Phase 1

Phase 2/3

FY 2010-11 to FY 2011-12

FY 2010-11 to FY 2011-12

Year-of-Decision

Phase 1

Phase 2/3

FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15

FY 2011-12 to FY 2012-13

Initial Operating Capability

Phase 1

Phase 2/3

2014 to 2016

2013 to 2015

Points of Contact

Phase:

Phases 1 and 2/3

Capability Staff:

Staff Officer Battlespace

Management 3

(02) 6266 7317

Defence Materiel Organisation:

Director Project Development and Integration Surveillance and Control Branch

(02) 6265 6291

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version