2021 Report details for project: Future Combat Air System

Project name Future Combat Air System - there is only one report for this project
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Organisation MOD (D17 ) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2021 (data is from March 2021)
Category Military - see all reports for this category
Description: Future Combat Air will play a vital role in the United Kingdom's military strategic capabilities for decades to come, enabling us to defend the United Kingdom, our allies, and make a decisive contribution to global security. The Future Combat Air Systems Programme will design and deliver innovative systems of highly networked crewed and uncrewed air vehicles, sensors and effectors to be able to operate in a range of complex and evolving threat environments and preserve operational advantage for future decades.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Red
DCA text: The Infrastructure Project Authority's Delivery Confidence Assessment rating is Amber/red.This is primarily due to the following factors: Through the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy the Future Combat Air System received investment for the first 4-years to complete the Concept and Assessment Phase. A phase that will complete an Alternative System Review of the Future Combat Air System including the Core Platform, as well as establishing the international partnerships. The level of investment was significantly less than required, however it preserves the feasibility of the programme within current parameters, but adds significant overall programme risk, particularly to the assumed date for Initial Operating Capability. The Concept and Assessment Phase will provide the evidence for Programme viability including level of additional investment and/or other options for the provision of Combat Air. Investments and milestones beyond this phase are subject to a margin of error in terms of time, cost and performance that will be refined prior to the next decision gate.
Start date 2019-04-26
End date 2070-12-31
Schedule text The project end-date is 31 December 2070. This is primarily due to the following factors: To support an Outline Business Case submission to the Investment Approvals Committee, a detailed schedule to support the 4-year Concept and Assessment phase of the programme was completed. This was based on a UK investment of £1.65Bn over the 4 years in line with the Future Combat Air System Acquisition Programme proposition in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. Through Annual Budgeting Cycle 21 the UK funding has been capped at £1.2Bn. Whilst a full review of the schedule to the next decision gate is required, it is not envisaged that this reduction will have significant impact on meeting the critical milestones for the Concept and Assessment Phase. However, it significantly increases the Programme Risk in the next phase to Full Business Case and further pressure through Annual Budgeting Cycle 21 on the 10-year profile increases the risk to Initial Operating Capability. This will need to be tested at the next decision gate, when other factors including international investment; levels of transformation and requirements are better understood.
Baseline £5.39m
Forecast £5.27m
Variance -2.00%
Variance text: The budget variance is less than or equal to 5%.
Whole Life Cost £9,467.00m
WLCost text: The projects Baseline Whole Life Cost is £9467.00m. This is primarily due to the following factors: This is baseline funding allocated to the Programme as of 31 March 2021. It is not the anticipated Whole Life Costs of the Programme which is £72b
Sourcefile IPA_2021.csv

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