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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:
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.
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:
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.
|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|
Although the industry requirements are yet to be determined, the requirements are anticipated to include the following:
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|
|Education / Training||DES|
|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.
Subject to further definition, through-life industry involvement is anticipated to include:
|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.
Defence Materiel Organisation:
|Deputy Director Training
(02) 6265 5450
|Project Manager AIR 5428
(03) 9256 3434