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This project was approved to provide a reconnaissance and fire support capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

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Army Reconnaissance Helicopter

This project was approved to provide a reconnaissance and fire support capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The project has contracted for delivery of 22 aircraft including an instrumented aircraft (permanently fitted with in-flight test instrumentation), a Full Flight and Mission Simulator, two Cockpit Procedures Trainer(s), Groundcrew Training Device(s), Electronic Warfare Mission Support System, Ground Mission Equipment, with supporting stores, facilities and ammunition.

Deliverable Original Planned Achieved / Forecast Notes
Project Year of Commencement Mar 1999
Initial Materiel Release (IMR) N/A Jan 2009
Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Jun 2007 Apr 2010 Operational Capability 1 (OC1) (IOC) was granted by Chief of Army on 8 April 2010 with the variance primarily due to contractual delays.
Final Materiel Release (FMR) Jul 2012 Mar 2014 No FMR originally identified. Current FMR is the date agreed in Amendment No. 2 to the project AIR 87 Phase 2 Materiel Acquisition Agreement. This date was not achieved. Delays in the achievement of the Final Acceptance Milestone under the contract with Australian Aerospace and in the formal transition of capability components to the respective in-service management agencies have contributed to the delay in achieving FMR. FMR was planned to be achieved by 30 June 2013. As at 30 June 2013, a decision on FMR achievement had not been made. The FMR Approval Certificate was signed by all stakeholders on 19 March 2014, with Army caveats. The reason for the delay was the time taken to get all stakeholders to sign off on the FMR Approval Certificate.
Final Operational Capability (FOC) Jun 2009 Jan 2016

Content is current as at December 2014.

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