The Australian government has approved the addition of one defence capability project and the removal of another project from Defence’s Projects of Concern list.

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy confirmed the removal of the Deployable Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System and the listing of the Civil-Military Air Traffic Management System as a Project of Concern. Conroy thanked Indra Australia for its commitment to remediating the Deployable Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System project.

The removal of this project reflects Indra’s ongoing collaboration with Defence to obtain the best possible capability outcomes for the ADF. Indra Australia’s delivery continues to progress well despite minor delays beyond the company’s control, primarily COVID-related. The third and final mission system is on track for delivery to Defence in October 2022.

The Civil-Military Air Traffic Management System project has been listed as a Project of Concern because of significant schedule, technical and cost challenges. This project is delivering a joint Civil-Military Air Traffic Management System which will support civil and military operations including at 12 ADF air bases around Australia. The project has seen a two-year delay to forecast Initial and Final Operational Capability in the past two years.

“It is my expectation that this listing brings more high-level attention, resources and energy – from both Defence and our industry partner Thales Australia – to the task of remediating this project,” Conroy said.

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