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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6022

Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 28 August 2002:

With reference to AGM-142 weaponry:

(1) When were stocks of this weapon first purchased by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

(2) What version of the AGM-142 was purchased by the ADF.

(3) What was the total cost of the purchase and, if possible, can a unit cost also be provided.

(4) What is the latest estimate on the total cost of modifying the F-111 fleet to enable these aircraft to deploy the AGM-142.

(5) What is the latest estimate on when those modifications will be completed.

(6) Has a decision been taken not to proceed with the modifications to the F-111s

(7) Have any steps been taken to sell Australia's stock of AGM-142s; if so, is it now planned to sell off Australia's entire stock of these weapons.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The first Foreign Military Sales case was approved in June 1996 seeking delivery of limited training assets in May 1998. This followed the first funding approval which occurred in the 1994/1995 budget.

(2) The missile version being purchased by the ADF is the AGM-142E, an Australian variant of the United States Air Force AGM-142D `Have-Nap' missile. The purchase includes AGM142E-1, blast fragmentation and AGM142E-2 penetration weapons.

(3) Total cost of the purchase of the missiles is US$102.3 million (in 2002 prices). This figure includes all variants and training missiles. Individual unit costs are classified.

(4) $53 million.

(5) Initial Operational Capability will be achieved by September 2004 and full fleet modification will be finalised by June 2005.

(6) No.

(7) No.