Self-Protection RAAF Hercules

  • Self-Protection RAAF Hercules

    Self-Protection RAAF Hercules

Project details: 

APP’s Rapid Response Allowed the Deployment of Hercules Aircraft into Iraq

In a compelling display of APP’s rapid response capability, APP was asked by the Australian Defence Force to drive an accelerated process to fit-out the Australian Hercules aircraft fleet with critical self-protection enhancements for an imminent deployment to Iraq.

This project enabled deployment of the Hercules into dangerous airspace, greatly improving survivability in a very dangerous operating environment through enhancements to the aircrafts’ Electronic Warfare Self Protection (EWSP) capability.

As part of the preparation for Operation Catalyst in Iraq, the team provided acquisition, implementation, certification and operator training and testing. This required a rapid escalation of projects to enhance the aircraft, and APP worked closely with the Air Lift Systems Program Office of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to achieve the result.

“This Rapid Acquisition process was highly innovative,” says Paul Spinolo, APP Group General Manager. “We had APP specialists embedded with Defence project staff – processes were strongly accelerated, and we still met the stringent aircraft safety requirements.” In the process, APP helped Air Lift SPO enhance their internal project management systems in order to create a legacy of greater in-house capability.

Such was the success of the project that it won a Project Management Achievement Award which it proudly shares with Defence from the Australian Institute of Project Management.


“The way in which APP Corporation has managed the delivery of this project has not been seen before and should become the model for the future”.

AIRCDR Greg Evans, Commander Air Lift Group, Operation Catalyst Deployment Ceremony, RAAF Base Richmond

Project summary: 

  • Client: Defence Materiel Organisation (ALSPO) and RAAF Air Lift Group
  • Value: Confidential
  • Services:  Project Management
  • Sector:  Defence
  • Location:  RAAF Richmond, NSW