2016 Report details for project: Lightning II Programme

Project name: Lightning II Programme - 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: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: To deliver a multi-role, carrier-capable aircraft, to be operated jointly by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Delivery of the LII Programme remains taut but is achievable. However, there is increasing risk to Initial Capability that centres on having the necessary specialists in place to support the capability. Previous attempts to increase the number of personnel in a few key areas had been unsuccessful; however, appropriate management action is in hand to rectify this situation, with increases (RAF and RN) anticipated later this year. Programme risk management has improved further, with increasingly thorough cross-capability reviews. Uncertainty over detailed support costs is diminishing, with commensurate reduction to the Logistics risks. Issues associated with Information use remain, but are being managed closely. Significant progress has been made on the infrastructure elements of the programme following approval of the Initial Gate Business Case, and as previously reported, the SRO is confident that an acceptable scale of infrastructure will be available for First Aircraft Arrival at RAF Marham in 2018. The SRO has welcomed the small uplift in the Project Management Office staff.
Start date: 2001-10-01
End date: 2026-03-31
Schedule text: Project End date has been amended to 2026 to reflect the point at which the currently planned follow-on development Block 4 weapons capability upgrades will be completed. The Programme remains on track to deliver UK Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by December 2018 and subsequently IOC (Maritime) and Full Operational Capability.
Baseline: £551.47m
Forecast: £529.44m
Variance: None%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £12,941.61m
WLCost text: The forecast whole life cost estimates represent the estimated position at the end of the previous Annual Budgeting Cycle and include all costs relating to procurement, equipment support and sustainment (excluding overhead costs such as manpower and fuel), and basing for the Lightning capability. Further re-alignment of funding has taken place with platform procurement (URF) costs aligned better with industry activities and payment schedules in year 2 (17/18). Downward pressure has occurred in support due to the reduction of cost estimates following the signature of LRIP non-annualised contracts and increased visibility of contract proposals. The overall result is a variance of -3.99%.
Notes1: Budget variance less than 5%.
Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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