2014 Report details for project: WATCHKEEPER

Project name: WATCHKEEPER - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: Watchkeeper (WK) will provide the operational commander with a 24 hour, all weather, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability supplying accurate, timely and high quality imagery to support decision making. The system consists of unmanned air vehicles, sensors, data links and ground control stations. Watchkeeper is planned to be delivered through an incremental programme to allow the system to benefit from both existing and emerging future sensors and air vehicle technology.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: Actions are based around addressing scheduling issues therefore see Departmental narrative on schedule below.
Start date: 1998-03-01
End date: 2040-12-31
Schedule text: Due to delays arising from Release to Service (RTS) evidence gathering, and enhanced training and Duty Holder requirements, the original IOC (February 2014) was not achieved and the programme is currently being rebaselined. Notwithstanding, during FY13/14, the WK programme achieved the following milestones, all of which were on the critical path for the delivery of an operational capability in Q3 2014: Equipment Delivery Date - July 2013, WK Technical Publications - August 2013, Statement of Type Design Assurance - September 2013, Ready to Train Date - January 2014, Release to Service - February 2014, followed by first WK flights from Boscombe Down airfield in March 2014. With the RTS now in place and commencement of flights from Boscombe Down the programme is on course to train sufficient crews to ensure an operational capability is available from Q3 2014.
Baseline: £79.28m
Forecast: £67.25m
Variance: -15.17%
Variance text: The FY13/14 Budget was set during ABC13 and prior to the FY12/13 outturn. With the programme experiencing delays to delivery, it was uncertain as to whether the remaining Demonstration, Manufacture & Initial in-service Support (DMIS) milestones would be fully achievable against the schedule. The team took the view that in the absence of further evidence, the FY13/14 budget should be provisioned at a level that would support the worst case i.e. no additional accrued activity at the end of FY12/13 and that the total value of FY13/14 milestones would be payable in FY13/14. Additional evidence was subsequently provided by the contractor to support an increase in accrued activity in FY12/13 against FY13/14 milestone payments and as a consequence, the resource requirement for FY13/14 reduced post Budget, resulting in an outturn/budget underspend.
Whole Life Cost: £1,518.26m
WLCost text: Using the ABC14 QRPC3 data, the 'Whole Life Cost' figure includes the cost of the Assessment Phase (sunk), the ongoing cost for the DMIS Phase up to 'FOC' and includes provision for engine upgrades from 2016. However, it excludes the significant funding provision uplift from 2021 for mid life upgrades. DG Finance directed at Q2 13/14 that capability programmes should be bounded up to the end of the manufacture phase and therefore In Service (IS) support falls out of scope of a programme, forming MODs business as usual. IS Costs have therefore now been excluded from this return.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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