2017 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: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: To sustain the UK's airborne electronic surveillance capability previously provided by the Nimrod R1 aircraft.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: The AIRSEEKER Programme continues to deliver a world-leading Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) capability with tangible results being seen operationally. The third and final aircraft shortly will be delivered ahead of schedule, completing the fleet. Full Operating Capability is on track to be declared December 2017, pending some Release to Service and Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance work. There are challenges surrounding manpower, particularly the recruitment and retention of appropriately-skilled Linguist personnel. Crews are currently operating with fewer than the full complement of Linguists. However, a number of short-term mitigations, as well as a longer term strategy, are being developed. Once these manpower issues are resolved, the programme is a candidate for GMPP graduation
Start date: 2010-03-18
End date: 2018-04-01
Schedule text: The Programme is on schedule and although manpower issues have the potential to delay the FOC declaration, it is expected that FOC will be declared in December 2017.
Baseline: £91.41m
Forecast: £102.98m
Variance: 13.00%
Variance text: Budget variance of £11.6m (£3.2m RDEL and £8.4m CDEL) is primarily attributable to the continuing foreign exchange rate volatility. The current cost pressures are within approvals.
Whole Life Cost: £759.84m
WLCost text: Budgeted whole life costs for the AIRSEEKER Programme cover the delivery of 3 RIVET JOINT aircraft, associated Ground Equipment and modification to existing infrastructure, together with sustainment costs up to the programme Full Operating Capability of December 2017 and the closure of the Delivery Programme in April 2018. This will deliver a rapidly deployable airborne capability configured to provide effect across the spectrum of operations until at least 2035.
Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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