The OneSKY programme to modernise and integrate Australia’s civil and defence air traffic management systems is running 10 years late and will cost more than double the original estimate to acquire, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has reported.
Australian airspace covers 11% of the globe and includes several of the world’s busiest air routes.
Thales Australia was named by lead entity Airservices Australia as successful tenderer for the OneSKY programme and its Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) in February 2015. The Department of Defence (DoD) signed a separate agreement with Airservices to receive elements of CMATS.
Unusually, OneSKY was declared a government ‘project of concern’ in August 2017 only to be removed from that list six months later.