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Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System
Phase 7, the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) is intended to provide a rotary wing training capability for Navy and Army, to meet the future rotary wing training needs of the ADF. The project aims to deliver a system that encompasses elements of live, synthetic and classroom aviation instruction, to overcome the broadening gap between the current rotary training systems and the advanced operational helicopters in the current and planned future ADF inventories. There are a broad range of options under consideration which could involve a direct capital acquisition or privately financed lease, or elements of both.
Initially, an improved rotary wing training capability was to be provided under two projects – Phase 7A for Navy and Phase 7B for Army. Under the AIR 9000 rationalisation programme these projects were combined to form a joint training system.
The helicopters are likely to be Commercial- or Military-off-the-Shelf (COTS or MOTS). There is potential for Australian industry involvement in assembly of the aircraft and the development of the training system. The training system potentially includes an Aviation Training Vessel which would have significant potential for Australian industry involvement in design and construction.
Environmental Working Groups and industry briefing sessions have been conducted and more are planned to coincide with significant milestones moving toward second pass approval. Adequate notice of these events will be promulgated by Defence.
Through-life support for the HATS will include, but not be limited to, the ongoing operation, maintenance and support of the HATS aircraft, potentially an Aviation Training Vessel, simulation and training systems and devices, and all associated facilities. These activities are intended to be conducted in Australia.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
|Assemble / Install||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Education / Training||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Manufacture / Construct||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Modelling / Simulation||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Refurbish / Upgrade||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Repair and Maintain||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Research and Development||O||O||O||O||O|
|Software Development / Support||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Systems Definition / Development||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Test and Evaluate||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||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 3 Moderate|
|Technical Difficulty||Level 3 Moderate|
|Operation and Support||Level 3 Moderate|
|Commercial||Level 2 High|
The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT III.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2011-12 to FY 2012-13
|Initial Operating Capability||
2014 to 2016
Deputy Director Maritime Aviation
(02) 6265 5518
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Project Manager AIR 9000 Phase 7
(02) 4424 1676