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Monday, 11 August 2003
Page: 13152


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 10 June 2003:

With reference to the Sea 1405 projects in the Defence Capability Plan (DCP):

(1) Can a description of all of the phases of this project be provided.

(2) (a) What was the original timeline for the completion of the project, including the dates for each of the phases in the project; and, (b) when was the project due to be completed.

(3) What was the original budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

(4) (a) What is the current schedule for the completion of this project, including the dates for each of the phases in the project; and, (b) when is the project due to be completed.

(5) Has the schedule for this project changed; if so, why.

(6) How would any schedule change with this project impact on future capability.

(7) Have any of the phases of this project been concluded; if so, which phases have been completed and what the date of conclusion for each phase.

(8) What is the current budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

(9) What has been the cost of this project to date.

(10) Has the projected budget for this project increased; if so, why.

(11) Has the Government granted approval of funding for this project.


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

(1) and (2) Sea 1405 comprises five phases:

· Phases 1 and 2, approved before the 2000 Defence Capability Plan, are currently in progress and will provide electronic support measures and forward-looking infra-red capability for inclusion into the aircraft by 2004.

The remaining phases include:

· Phase 3 (year of decision 2002-03 and currently scheduled to be completed during 2003-04) is a Defence Science and Technology-sponsored project definition study to consider options for the later phases.

· Phase 3B, (year of decision 2003-04, and, subject to the phase 3 study outcomes, currently scheduled to be completed during 2003-04) is an initial design activity, which will lead to the implementation of the approved outcomes of the Phase 3 project definition study.

· Phase 4 (year of decision 2004-05, with delivery currently scheduled for 2007, subject to the phase 3 study and design outcomes) will provide a mid-life upgrade to the Seahawk addressing aircraft capabilities, life cycle costing, operational availability, commonality and life-of-type issues. The requirement for the current planned delivery date will be considered in the current review of the Defence Capability Plan.

As foreshadowed in the Defence Capability Plan Supplement 2002 (at page 15), Defence plans to include Sea 1405 Phases 3, 3B and 4 within the structure of the ADF Helicopter Strategic Master Plan - Air 9000. A decision on this approach will be taken in the context of the current Defence Capability Plan review.

(3) Sea 1405 Phases 1 and 2 were approved before the 2000 Defence White Paper, with estimated expenditure of the order of $170m.

The Defence Capability Plan 2001-2010 shows the estimated expenditure for the remaining phases:

· Phase 3 is less than $10m.

· Phase 3B is $10m - $20m.

· Phase 4 is $450m - $600m.

These estimates have not been varied.

(4) See response to part (2).

(5) No, although the requirement for the current planned delivery date will be considered in the current review of the Defence Capability Plan.

(6) A schedule change may delay the enhancement of the S-70B-2 Seahawk capabilities.

(7) No.

(8) See response to part (3).

(9) Expenditure to date on phase 1 and 2 has been of the order of $135m. Phase 3 expenditure to date has been less than $5m.

(10) No, other than the normal adjustment for price and exchange variations.

(11) Phases 1, 2 and 3 are approved and are in progress.