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

AIR 9000

SCAP1 Seahawk Capability Assurance Program 1

Phase Scope

SCAP1 is to address immediate Seahawk obsolescence issues including Tactical Display Units, Engine Control Units, Automatic Flight Control System, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and the Mission System Simulator.


The future management of Seahawk capability was originally to be provided under AIR 9000 Phase 3 as the Seahawk Mid-life Upgrade and Extension. The strategy for maintaining Seahawk capability until the transition to AIR 9000 Phase 8 is now focused on maximising the number of aircraft available for operations by undertaking a lower risk program that only addresses obsolescence without capability enhancements.

Australian Industry Opportunities


It is anticipated that the components will be sourced from specialist original equipment manufacturers in Australia or overseas, and fitted in the aircraft in Australia.

Through‑life Support

Deeper level maintenance and through-life support is intended to be conducted in Australia and overseas under the Seahawk support arrangements.

Industry Capabilities and Activities

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

SCAP 1 Capability
Activity Communications Security Rotary & Fixed Wing Aircraft
Assemble / Install   D
Education / Training   D
In-Service / Through-life Support D D
Logistics Support   D
Modelling / Simulation   D
Project Manage   D
Repair and Maintain   D
Software Development / Support   D
Test and Evaluate   D
Acquisition Category (ACAT)
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost Level 3 Moderate $100m - $500m (Towards the lower end of the band)
Project Management Complexity Level 3 Moderate
Schedule Level 2 High
Technical Difficulty Level 2 High
Operation and Support Level 3 Moderate
Commercial Level 2 High

The ACAT Level assessed for Phase 1 is ACAT III.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval





FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11

Initial Operating Capability


2010 to 2012

Points of Contact



Capability Staff:

Deputy Director Maritime Aviation
(02) 6265 5518

Defence Materiel Organisation:

Manager Seahawk Capability Assurance Program
(02) 4424 3349

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version