2015 Report details for project: Airseeker

Project name: Airseeker - there are 5 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: AIRSEEKER will sustain the UK's airborne electronic surveillance capability previously provided by the Nimrod R1 aircraft against an evolving and increasingly complex target set up to 2025. It will provide a rapidly deployable capability to support operations where it will be able to collect, analyse, fuse and disseminate a coherent and readily interpretable electronic surveillance picture in support of national, joint and coalition operations. This information will support targeting and combat identification. The period between retirement of the Nimrod R1 and introduction of AIRSEEKER is being covered through the UK/US Co-manning Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: The development of the full AIRSEEKER capability continues to make good progress and delivery confidence has received some significant boosts. Following the approval of an Interim Release to Service (RTS) by the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, 51 Squadron completed a rapid Op HERRICK work-up enabling deployment of the capability on 14 July 14. Also in July, the contract was awarded for the RAF Waddington infrastructure project and Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for AIRSEEKER was declared on 12 Dec 14. However, although these represent some major milestones, management action is still required to ensure that Full Operating Capability (FOC) is achieved against the required metrics of performance, time and cost. Management attention will continue to focus on 5 key elements: the delivery of a less restrictive RTS that permits flying for routine training; the delivery of the required deployable ground stations, including their transportable infrastructure; the delivery of the infrastructure project at RAF Waddington; the establishment of UK-based training for air and ground crews; and the accurate assessment of final Programme costs.
Start date: 2010-03-18
End date: 2018-04-01
Schedule text: AIRSEEKER has delivered an early beneficial use in direct support to operations ahead of the approved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) declaration. Considerable progress against the IOC Programme of Record has been achieved. The Programme's focus is now on the planned schedule working towards Full Operating Capability in 2017.
Baseline: £132.22m
Forecast: £127.96m
Variance: -3.20%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £753.11m
WLCost text: Budgeted whole life costs for Programme AIRSEEKER include the delivery of 3 RIVET JOINT aircraft, associated Ground Equipment and modification to existing infrastructure. This will deliver a rapidly deployable airborne capability configured to provide effect across the spectrum of operations to 2025. There has been technical adjustment to the way costs are reported, resulting in an apparent reduction in costs since Q2 2013/14. Budgeted Whole Life Costs are now reported out to end of manufacture rather than up to the out of service date.
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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