2017 Report details for project: A400M

Project name: A400M - 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: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The A400M is a versatile airlifter able to perform and combine two types of duty: tactical missions directly to the point of need and long range strategic/logistic missions.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Programme remains on track to meet all outputs by the planned Programme closure date, but carries risk against certain capabilities. Airbus Defence and Space are working to design an aircraft modification to rectify this issue. The cumulative effect of delays to aircraft deliveries and fleet-affecting technical issues (most notably in the Propeller Gearbox) have compressed timescales for testing of UK aerial delivery equipment. In mitigation, the Programme Board continue to utilize UK equipment for Airbus Defence and Space core trial work when other nations are unable to fulfil their allotted commitment. This has reduced some of the UK’s test requirements.
Start date: 2000-05-17
End date: 2022-03-31
Schedule text: The forecast end of the Programme remains unchanged. The Transfer of Title of the UK’s 11th aircraft took place on 13 Sep 16 and the Medium Term Support Contract on 30 Nov 16. This 10 year contract, with a 5 year firm price, will provide support at RAF Brize Norton, down-route and on deployed operations for the next 10 years. The contract provides a far more comprehensive level of support to that provided by the initial entry into service contract and has taken into account learning and improvements from this first phase. However, aircraft availability and crew training has been affected by an issue with the aircraft’s Propeller Gearbox. This, combined with a software integration issue that affected the bespoke 4 aircraft UK retrofit project, delayed the Programme milestone associated with the ability to operate in non-benign environments (scheduled for Jun 16). This was fully achieved in Feb 17, with an interim capability for 2 aircraft achieved in Nov 16.
Baseline: £274.39m
Forecast: £292.57m
Variance: 7.00%
Variance text: In Year, the unfavourable programme variance of £18.2M is predominately attributable to Foreign Exchange losses, the cost of which is scored to MOD centrally rather than to the programme or Air Domain.
Whole Life Cost: £3,614.94m
WLCost text: The costs are broken down into the following areas: a. production of aircraft; b. Support costs (i. Airbus Defence and Space Support/Airframe Support (Airframe Medium Term Contract, Airframe Design Services Contract), ii. Engine Support (Engine medium Term Contract, maintenance Level 3 Contracts, Engine Design Services Contract), iii. other Support (inc DAS Support, Mission Planning Support and DE&S support and commodities), iv. Infrastructure Support; c. Training Costs; d. other minor projects. Budget forecasts are considered to be mature and accurate; however, the strategy for the utilisation of Liquidated Damages (LDs) is still being considered, and the long term support costs arising from any capability insertions funded by LDs will need to be fully explored.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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