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

AIR 8000

Phase 1 Battlefield Airlift - Additional C-130J

Phase 2 Battlefield Airlift - Caribou Replacement

Phase Scope

Phase 1 is intended to rationalise the capability delivered by the C-130 fleet.

Phase 2 is intended to replace the RAAF DHC 4 Caribou transport aircraft to provide a light tactical fixed wing airlift capability.

Background

Phase 1 is intended to rationalise the C-130 fleet, noting the acquisition of C17 and planned withdrawal of C-130H aircraft, by acquiring an additional two C-130J aircraft.

Phase 2 is intended to enhance the ADF’s intra-theatre and regional airlift capability. This capability will focus on the provision of an intra-theatre airlift solution with some inter-theatre application. This capability will be able to operate from a wide range of rudimentary airstrips with useful payload, range and in-theatre survivability. Phase 2 may also provide appropriate training support, which could include the provision of a Full Flight Simulator. Notably, the capability will require careful consideration of the interaction between rotary-wing assets and light / medium fixed wing platforms in the tactical environment and the total airlift fleet mix.

Australian Industry Opportunities

Acquisition

For Phase 1 it is anticipated that the additional C-130J purchase will be sourced from the original equipment manufacturer with few Australian industry opportunities.

For Phase 2 it is anticipated that a Military-off-the-Shelf (MOTS) light tactical fixed wing airlift capability will be sourced from an original equipment manufacturer or through government-to-government (Foreign Military Sales) arrangements with few Australian industry opportunities.

Through‑life Support

Deeper maintenance and other through-life support activities are likely to be provided under contracts within Australia.

Industry Capabilities and Activities

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

Phase 1 Capability
Activity Rotary & Fixed Wing Aircraft
Assemble / Install O
In-Service / Through-life Support D
Logistics Support D
Repair and Maintain D
Test and Evaluate O
Phase 2 Capability
Activity Rotary & Fixed Wing Aircraft
Education / Training D
In-Service / Through-life Support D
Logistics Support D
Repair and Maintain D
Test and Evaluate O
Acquisition Category (ACAT)
Phase 1
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 2 High $500m-$1500m (Towards the lower end of the band)
Project Management Complexity Level 3 Moderate
Schedule Level 4 Low
Technical Difficulty Level 4 Low
Operation and Support Level 3 Moderate
Commercial Level 4 Low

The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT III.

Phase 2
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 3 Moderate
Operation and Support Level 2 High
Commercial Level 3 Moderate  

The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval

Phase 1

Phase 2

FY 2010-11 to FY 2011-12

FY 2010-11 to FY 2011-12

Year-of-Decision

Phase 1

Phase 2

FY 2013-14 to FY 2014-15

FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15

Initial Operating Capability

Phase 1

Phase 2

2015 to 2017

2014 to 2016

Points of Contact

Phase:

Phases 1 and 2

Capability Staff:

Deputy Director Combat Mobility
(02) 6265 1073

Defence Materiel Organisation:

Project Manager New Airlift Program Office
(02) 6127 2597

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version