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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
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Defence

(Question No. 1218)


Mr Robert asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 10 September 2012:

What is the (a) daily, and (b) hourly, cost to Defence for the following Royal Australian Air Force platforms: (i) F/A-18F Super Hornet; (ii) F/A-18A/B Hornets; (iii) AP-3C Orion; (iv) C-17A Globemaster III; (v) AEW&C Wedgetail; (vi) C-130H Hercules; (vii) C-130J Hercules; (viii) PC-9/A (ix) PC-9/A(F); (x) Hawk 127 LIF; (xi) B300 King Air K350; (xii) KC-30A MRTT; (xiii) CL-604 Challenger; and (xiv) B737 BBJ?


Mr Stephen Smith: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) and (b) The table below provides the cost to Defence for Royal Australian Air Force platforms.

The basis is the cash cost (direct cost) incurred by Defence, including sustainment costs, fuel, and aircrew salary, allowances and superannuation.

Unless otherwise stated, the hourly cost rates used are those published in Finance Manual Volume 4 (FINMAN 4).

The daily cost to Defence is calculated as the hourly cost rate multiplied by the total hours flown in the corresponding financial year (defined as the achieved "rate of effort"), divided by 365 days.

The hourly cost to Defence is the specified hourly cost rate.

No.

Platform

Daily cost

Hourly cost

Comment

(i)

F/A-18F Super Hornet

$276,041

$30,561

Based on new rate to be published in FINMAN 4 October 2012.

(ii)

F/A-18A/B Hornet

$513,406

$15,620

 

(iii)

AP-3C Orion

$328,401

$15,594

 

(iv)

C-17A Globemaster III

$184,064

$19,865

 

(v)

AEW&C Wedgetail

$385,058

$88,824

Based on new rate to be published in FINMAN 4 October 2012.

(vi)

C130-H Hercules

$174,004

$21,393

 

(vii)

C130-J Hercules

$293,303

$15,653

 

(viii)

PC-9/A

$144,001

$2,813

 

(ix)

PC-9/A(F)

$144,001

$2,813

 

(x)

Hawk 127 LIF

$222,003

$12,605

 

(xi)

B300 King Air K350

$108,888

$6,192

 

(xii)

KC-30A MRTT

N/A

N/A

Not available as this platform is still in the initial operating capability phase.

(xiii)

CL-604 Challenger

N/A

$3,450

Based on the combined additional cost rate used in the Schedule of Special Purpose Flights tabled in Parliament every six months. Daily cost n/a as rate of effort for this platform is not published.

 

(xiv)

B737 BBJ   

N/A

$3,450

Based on the combined additional cost rate used in the Schedule of Special Purpose Flights tabled in Parliament every six months. Daily cost n/a as rate of effort for this platform is not published.