Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability Facilities

RPS project managers were selected to lead a $348 million capability acquisition initiative for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) – the Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability Facilities project.

Challenge

Defence’s fleet of Boeing EA-18G ‘Growler’ aircraft is based, operated and maintained from RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.

The Growler Capability Facilities project was initiated to deliver new administrative, operations and training spaces at the base to support Growler aircraft operations by the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 6 Squadron.

A RAAF E/A-18G Growler, from No. 6 Squadron, takes off from RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Diamond Storm

Image credit: Australian Government Department of Defence Image Library

Solution

Our team has been involved since the Growler Capability Facilities project’s inception in 2013, engaged as lead Project Manager and Contract Administrator through to the completion of construction works which is programmed for early 2020.

With several other major upgrade initiatives taking place at RAAF Base Amberley at the same time, communication with stakeholders has been vital to prevent disruption to operational capability at the base.

RPS provided project management and contract administration services to the Department of Defence under a Managing Contractor Contract for the Growler facilities. Phase 1 of the Growler project was completed in early 2018 with the second phase set for completion until early 2020.

Awards

  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Regional Project of the Year (Queensland) 2018
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Project Management & Building Consultancy Team Award 2018

Project Stats

$348
million project
Over 100
Stakeholders

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