AIR 5333


Prime Contractor: Boeing Defence Australia Ltd.


2010/2011 spend: $34 million


This phase of the project is replacing the Air Defence Command and Control System with two new systems located at RAAF Bases Tindal and Williamtown. It will also design and deliver an integrated ADF Air Defence System communications network.
During 2009-10, factory acceptance testing, site acceptance testing, operator and maintainer training and upgrades to RAAF Base Williamtown facilities were completed. Delivery of the Northern Regional Operations Centre (NROC) located at RAAF Tindal is scheduled for August 2010. Delivery of the Eastern Regional Operations Centre (EROC) located at RAAF Williamtown is scheduled for September 2011. The major activities for 2010-2011 will be the completion of operational test activities at NROC in conjunction with Exercise Pitch Black in the July to August 2010 period, and the installation and acceptance testing of the Vigilare system into EROC.
The major technical and schedule risk is the development of integrated tactical data links, specifically Link-16 capability. The risk is being managed through increased access to datalink expertise, in-country test equipment and close liaison with the ADF tactical datalink authority. Due to the overall complexity of integration and the large number of unique interfaces involved, the project remains a high-risk project until system testing is completed.

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