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Phase 8 Future Naval Aviation Combat System
This phase is intended to provide an organic combat aviation capability to Navy’s surface combatant fleet. This includes the acquisition of multi-role naval combat helicopters, weapons, synthetic training, infrastructure, logistics and other support systems.
The Navy’s current tactical helicopter capability is provided by the Seahawk S-70B-2. A surface warfare strike capability was to have been provided by the cancelled Seasprite program. The White Paper indicated that as a matter of urgency the Government would acquire at least 24 new naval combat helicopters. The new aircraft will possess advanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities along with an ability to fire air-to-surface missiles.
In order to minimise technical, schedule, and financial risks it is envisaged that a Military-off-the-Shelf (MOTS) solution will be sourced from overseas. There may be some opportunity for Australian industry in aircraft assembly, and development of some support systems.
The retention of an off-the-shelf configuration is considered important for cost effective Australian based deeper level maintenance, engineering and through-life support.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:
|Assemble / Install||D||D||D|
|Education / Training||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||O||D|
|In-Service / Through-life Support||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||O||D||O||D|
|Manufacture / Construct||D|
|Modelling / Simulation||D||D||D||D||D||D||O||D|
|Refurbish / Upgrade||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D|
|Repair and Maintain||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D|
|Research and Development||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O|
|Test and Evaluate||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||O||D||O|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 1 Very High> $1500m|
|Project Management Complexity||Level 2 High|
|Schedule||Level 2 High|
|Technical Difficulty||Level 2 High|
|Operation and Support||Level 1 Very High|
|Commercial||Level 2 High|
The ACAT Level assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.
|First Pass Approval||
FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11
FY 2010-11 to FY 2011-12
|Initial Operating Capability||
2014 to 2016
Project Manager AIR 9000 Ph 8
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