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

JP 3024

Phase 1 Woomera Range Remediation

Phase Scope

This project seeks to replace the Aerospace Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Research and Experimentation (R&E) equipment at the Woomera Test Facility in order to effectively support Defence T&E and R&E activities in a reliable, controlled, secure and safe environment.


The current systems used at the Woomera Test Facility are near the end of their useful life and will not meet the requirements to support future Defence aerospace experimental, developmental and operational T&E flight trials of air platforms and weapons. Replacement of the extant systems will enable Defence to support all types of aerospace T&E and R&E beyond 2015 including the extension of manned and unmanned aircraft performance envelopes, weapons assessment (including the ability to release stand‑off/beyond visual range live weapons), T&E and R&E for intelligence and electronic warfare systems, and R&E into the effects of weapon systems.

Australian Industry Opportunities


The preferred method of acquisition is to seek Commercial- or Military‑off‑the‑Shelf (COTS or MOTS) systems to the maximum extent possible through open tender. Industry opportunities will be available in the supply, installation and integration of the new capability. It is likely that any new equipment sourced from overseas manufacturers will require Australian in-country partners to manage the installation, integration and set-to-work at site level. Government-to-government or Foreign Military Sales may be an option for the acquisition of some systems.

Through‑life Support

Through-life support to the maximum extent possible using extant Defence corporate logistics tools and processes is expected for this capability. This will include seeking that engineering, maintenance and logistics support contracts be signed at the same time as acquisition.

Industry Capabilities and Activities

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in this phase include:

Activity Capability
Systems Integration (High End, System of Systems)
Assemble / Install D
Design D
In-Service / Through-life Support D
Logistics Support D
Manufacture / Construct D
Modelling / Simulation D
Project Manage D
Repair and Maintain D
Research and Development D
Software Development / Support D
Systems Definition / Development D
Systems Integration 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 2 High
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.

Planned Schedule Highlights

First Pass Approval

FY 2010-11 to FY 2011-12


FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15

Initial Operating Capability

2013 to 2015

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:
Defence Materiel Organisation:

Director Network Infrastructure Development

(02) 6265 2079

Deputy Director JP 3024

(08) 8393 2206

Defence Capability Plan / 2009 / Public Version