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Phase 5C Additional Heavy Lift Helicopter
Phase 5C will replace the Australian Army’s current fleet of six CH-47D Chinook helicopters with seven CH-47F Chinook helicopters and associated Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators.
The new Phase 5C combines the objectives of the previous Phases 5C and 5B under a single project. The new Phase 5C ensures that the ADF has a viable future Chinook helicopter capability which is aligned to the US Army configuration and support systems throughout its life-of-type.
Phase 5C intends to acquire CH-47F Chinook helicopters from the US Army through a Foreign Military Sales acquisition. There are opportunities for Australian industry involvement through:
It is anticipated that, in the same approach as the CH-47D capability, unit-level maintenance could be carried out by Army personnel while deeper maintenance and other support will be contracted to Australian industry. The CH-47D Deeper Maintenance Request for Tender will be released later in 2009 for work commencing in 2010. The scope of this Request for Tender may also include CH-47F deeper maintenance from 2015 onwards.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
Rotary & Fixed
|Support of Mission & Safety Critical Software||System Assurance Capabilities (H’ware & S’ware)||Facilities & Infrastructure|
|Assemble / Install||O|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||O||D||D||D||D|
|Manufacture / Construct||O||D|
|Modelling / Simulation||O|
|Repair and Maintain||D||D||D||D|
|Research and Development||O|
|Software Development / Support||D||D||D|
|Test and Evaluate||O||O|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 2 High $500m-$1500m (Towards the middle of the band)|
|Project Management Complexity||Level 3 Moderate|
|Schedule||Level 4 Low|
|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.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11
|Initial Operating Capability||
2016 to 2018
Staff Officer Army Aviation 5
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Defence Materiel Organisation:
Project Manager AIR 9000 Phase 5C
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