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Phase 2B Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement
This phase is intended to acquire a replacement manned aircraft for the AP-3C Orion, capable of Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Response (MISRR) roles, overland Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and Electronic Support (ES).
AP-3C Orion life-of-type is dependent upon ongoing airframe fatigue and corrosion, aircraft system supportability and mission system obsolescence. Specifically, aircraft engines, hydraulics, electrical, oxygen and fuel systems are increasingly costly to support as the platform ages. Although limited mission system obsolescence treatments provided by Project AIR 5276 will assist in facilitating a 2018-19 AP-3C planned withdrawal date, further preclusively costly airframe, aircraft and mission system upgrades would be required to operate the AP-3C post-2018.
This project will replace the AP-3C after taking future ADF MISRR requirements into consideration. This consideration will include the exploration of a broad range of options including manned aircraft replacement, and the use of a Multi-mission Unmanned Aerial System (MUAS) as an adjunct to the manned platform. While this project is focussed on acquisition of a capability centred on MISRR roles, the capability will also support ES and overland ISR roles.
This phase will acquire eight Military-off-the-Shelf (MOTS) Maritime Patrol and Response Aircraft (MPRA) through a government-to-government cooperative program. The areas of anticipated Australian industry involvement opportunities are:
Through-life support of MPRA will most likely be through an ongoing sustainment arrangement established through a government-to-government arrangement. There would be opportunity for Australian industry to be part of the MPRA global support system.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
|Assemble / Install||O||O||O||O||D||D|
|Education / Training||D|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||O||D||D||D||O||O||D|
|Manufacture / Construct||D||D||O||O||D||D|
|Modelling / Simulation||D||D||D|
|Refurbish / Upgrade||D||D||D||D||O||O||D||D|
|Repair and Maintain||D||D||D||D||O||O||D||D|
|Research and Development||O||O|
|Software Development / Support||O||D||D||O||O||D|
|Systems Definition / Development||O||D|
|Test and Evaluate||D||D||O||O||D|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 1 Very High >$1500m|
|Project Management Complexity||Level 2 High|
|Schedule||Level 1 Very 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 2013-14 to FY 2015-16
|Initial Operating Capability||
2017 to 2019
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Deputy Director Maritime Patrol and Response
(02) 6265 3852
Project Manager AIR 7000 Phase 2B
(02) 6265 1628
Project Website: www.defence.gov.au/dmo/asd/air7000/air7000.cfm