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

AIR 5432

Phase 1 Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management

Phase Scope

This project aims to update ADF platforms and systems to ensure continued optimal use of civil and military airspace. In response to the plans for Australian adoption of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS-B) system for surveillance of enroute air traffic, this phase will focus on the introduction of ADS-B which utilises Mode S. In parallel with this project JP 90 is being developed to update the ADF from Mode 4 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) to Mode 5. Common transponders and interrogators can be used for both projects.


International advances in Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems will necessitate near and long-term updates to ADF platforms and surveillance systems. The advances affect communications, navigation and surveillance systems within airborne platforms and ground surveillance and control systems.

ADS-B is one of the technology elements of the future Airspace Management landscape which has a clear schedule for introduction. The ADF has agreed to aim for ADS-B compliance for all military aircraft by 2018.

Future phases of this project are expected to address other aspects of ATM technology.

Australian Industry Opportunities


The requirements are anticipated to include initially undertaking a project definition study. Australian industry involvement is likely to include complex integration of new systems procured from overseas, with a range of existing sensor and data systems, along with associated test and evaluation.

Phase 1 is focused on the introduction of Mode S and ADS-B to ADF airborne platforms. This activity will be conducted in conjunction with the introduction of Mode 5 IFF under JP 90 Phase 1.

Through‑life Support

The industry involvement is expected to be based around developing and maintaining sufficient capability within Australian industry to undertake the through-life maintenance and support activities associated with the components and systems introduced into service by this project.

Industry Capabilities and Activities

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:

Activity Capability
Communications Systems (Air Traffic Control - IFF Modes)
Assemble / Install D
Design D
Project Manage D
Systems Integration D
Test and Evaluate D
Acquisition Category (ACAT)
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 4 Low < $100m (Towards the upper 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 III.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval

FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15


FY 2014-15 to FY 2016-17

Initial Operating Capability

2018 to 2020

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:

Staff Officer Battlespace Management 2

(02) 6265 7530

Defence Materiel Organisation:

Director Project Development and Integration Surveillance and Control Branch

(02) 6265 6291

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version