Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP has concluded a two-day summit with senior Defence officials and CEOs of defence industry companies that have projects on the Projects of Concern list.
Dr Kelly said the purpose of the summit was to review remediation plans of each Project of Concern, discuss progress since the last summit in November 2012 and assess prospects for removal from the Projects of Concern list.
Since February 2011 the Government has held bi-annual face-to-face meetings with Defence and industry to focus on advancing projects towards completion. This week’s summit was the fifth held since 2011.
“We are seeing tangible benefits in having Government, Defence and Industry representatives discussing issues together and working towards remediation of these troubled projects” Dr Kelly said.
“Ultimately results from these summits will deliver real benefits to the men and women of the Australian Defence Force.”
Since the previous summit, held in November 2012, two projects have been remediated and removed from the list and two new projects added: JP 2086 Phase 1 (Mulwala Redevelopment Project) and LAND 40 Phase 2 (Direct Fire Support Weapons).
Dr Kelly said all parties are working together to achieve the main aim of the Projects of Concern process in putting the projects back on track and removed from the list.
The Projects of Concern process was established by the Government to focus the attention of the highest levels of Government, Defence and Industry on remediating problem projects.
Since the Projects of Concern process was established, 21 projects have been put on the list. Fifteen have since been removed – 13 due to remediation and two due to cancellation.
The current Projects of Concern list is attached.
Projects of Concern List:
||Collins Class Submarines
||Multi-role Tanker Transport aircraft – Air to Air Refuelling Capability
||Electronic Support Measures upgrade for AP-3C Orion aircraft
||Mulwala Redevelopment Project
||Direct Fire Support Weapons
Projects removed from Projects of Concern list:
||Sea Sprite Helicopter (Project cancelled)
||Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (Remediated)
||M-113 Armoured Personnel Carrier Upgrade (Remediated)
||SF Air Drop Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat Trailers (Remediated)
||Guided Missile FFG Upgrade (Remediated)
||Project ‘Echidna’ (Scope reduced)
||LCM2000 Watercraft for Amphibious Ships (Project cancelled)
||High Frequency Communications Modernisation (Remediated)
||Air Defence Command and Control System ‘Vigilare’ (Remediated)
||ANZAC-class Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) (Remediated)
||Medium and heavy vehicles, trailers and modules (Remediated)
||Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Remediated)
||Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) (Remediated)
||‘Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (Remediated)
||Lightweight torpedo replacement (Remediated)
Dr Kelly’s office: Robbie Rynehart (02) 6277 7730 or 0459 810 654
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999