Australian Government: Department of Defence
Defence Capability Plan 2009 December 2010 Update - Public Version

AIR 5428

Phase 1 Pilot Training System


The project will introduce new basic and advanced training systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ADF’s fixed wing Pilot Training System (PTS). The system will:

  • enable an increase in graduation numbers,
  • generate pilot skills consistent with advanced 4th/5th generation aircraft,
  • enable the withdrawal of current training media, and
  • provide solutions for the integration of synthetic training systems.

All pilot training will be conducted within Australia. The ADF intends to retain the military elements of the existing PTS, including military flying schools, and the use of predominantly military Qualified Flying Instructors (QFI) for student instruction.

Australian Industry Capability Considerations

An AIC Plan is required when the estimated project budget for an acquisition is equal to or greater than $50m or where the project identifies a specific need for local industry to deliver aspects of the capability, such as a Priority Industry Capability. The table below provides an indication of the likely AIC, PIC, SIC and GSC requirements for this project:

1 Yes No Yes Yes

Phase 1 Pilot Training System


The system will provide platforms for flight screening and meet all phases of undergraduate pilot training from basic flying up to entry into Air Force Lead-In Fighter and Operational Conversion Units. The system will also provide Navy and Army candidates for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System to be delivered under Project AIR 9000 Phase 7.

The PTS is also responsible for the initial training of military QFIs to support the PTS and fixed-wing operational training. The airborne platforms selected for pilot training will also be assessed for their suitability for use by No 4 Squadron and the Air Operations Support Group. If suitable, these aircraft will be acquired under AIR 5428 Ph 1.

IMR will occur upon the completion and release of the supplies which are required to support the achievement of the IOC.

IOC will be defined later in the project development process.

FOC will occur when the full scope of the project, including the mission, support and training systems, and facilities, if required, have been delivered and accepted into operational service.

LOT for this capability will be determined later in the project development process.

Planned Schedule

First Pass Approval Completed
Market Solicitation FY 2010-11 to FY 2014-15
Year-of-Decision FY 2012-13 to FY 2014-15
Initial Materiel Release FY 2015-16 to FY 2016-17
Initial Operational Capability FY 2015-16 to FY 2017-18

Australian Industry Opportunities


Although the industry requirements are yet to be determined, the requirements are anticipated to include the following:

  • Development of the PTS (including curriculum, training media such as training aids, manuals and supporting software). It is expected that Australian industry and overseas OEMs will establish teaming arrangements for software development and other training requirements.
  • Provision of training aircraft and the synthetic training environment.
  • Participation on a cost-effective competitive basis in the global supply chain of the aircraft OEM.
  • Development and/or support of PTS-related infrastructure.

The training aircraft are expected to be COTS or MOTS. It is anticipated that the acquisition will provide the level of technical transfer and intellectual property access from the OEM necessary to ensure Australian industry is in a position to provide the necessary in-country support for the aircraft.

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

Phase 1 Industry Capability
Industry Activity Training Systems (including aircraft) Facilities & Infrastructure
Assemble / Install DES  
Design OPT OPT
Education / Training DES  
Logistics Support PREF  
Manufacture / Construct OPT PREF
Modelling / Simulation DES  
Repair, Maintain, Sustain PREF PREF
Software Development / Support OPT  
Systems Definition / Development OPT  
Test and Evaluate DES  

This project phase will include a requirement for new facilities and infrastructure, or the expansion and enhancement of existing facilities and supporting infrastructure. The scope, scale and location of the facilities and infrastructure will depend on the capability option selected by Government.

Through-life Support

Subject to further definition, through-life industry involvement is anticipated to include:

  • updating and enhancing the PTS (including curriculum, training media such as training aids, manuals and supporting software);
  • provision of support services to training aircraft, the synthetic training environment, facilities and systems;
  • maintenance of a Training Management Information System; and
  • training delivery.
Acquisition Category
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost $1b-$2b (Middle of band)
Project Management Complexity Level 2: High
Schedule Level 2: High
Technical Difficulty Level 2: High
Operation and Support Level 2: High
Commercial Level 2: High

The ACAT Rating assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Deputy Director Training
(02) 6265 5450
Project Manager AIR 5428
(03) 9256 3434
Defence Capability Plan / December 2010 Update / Public Version