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Thursday, 16 February 2017
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Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems: Contract

(Question No. 635)

Mr Feeney asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 28 November 2016:

In respect of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in St. Petersburg in Florida, being awarded an $8,797,500 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5212) to exercise fiscal 2017 options for Cooperative Engagement Capability design agent and engineering services efforts, the modification of which combines an effort between the Navy (4.4 per cent), and the governments of Japan (45.5 per cent) and Australia (50.1 per cent), under the Foreign Military Sales program, (a) how is this project described in the Integrated Investment Plan, (b) on which navy platforms will this new capability be installed, (c) what new capabilities will be delivered by this project to the Navy, (d) who in Defence is responsible for implementing this project, and (e) what is the timeline for the delivery of this project.

Mr Pyne: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

a) This contract is not described in the Integrated Investment Plan as it refers to a modification to an existing United States Navy contract that Australia accesses through Foreign Military Sales. The contract modification is used to conduct work that is required to support the delivery of SEA 4000 Phase 3 - Air Warfare Destroyer Program. The Cooperative Engagement Capability is a mandated element of the Australianised Aegis combat system procured under the Foreign Military Sales program.

b) The work conducted under this contract is used to support the installation, set-to-work and sustainment of the Cooperative Engagement Capability system on the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.

c) Cooperative Engagement Capability significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by coordinating all force anti-air warfare sensors into a single, real time fire control quality composite track picture. This contributes to the warfighting capability that the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers will deliver.

d) The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group within Defence is responsible for the Air Warfare Destroyer program and its elements.

e) This contract amendment relates to work being conducted in 2017.