Think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute has produced
a 255 page report titled the Cost of Defence about
While the report touches on all aspects of
Page 69 offers a stark glimpse of how the engine problems the army has faced with the NH Industries MRH-90 transport helicopter have affected flying hours. Between 2009-2010 the army hoped for nearly 3000 hours, but ended up with less than 500.
One of the RAAF's troubled programmes, the Boeing 737-based Wedgetail airborne warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft, produced just over 100 hours in 2009-2010, far short of the 500 hours planned. The other problem child, the KC-30A tanker (due to be inducted soon, two years late), does not even get a chart.
On page 92 ASPI details the cost per flying hour of all types. The F-18 E/F Super Hornet runs the RAAF A$22,900 per flying hour. This is a bargain compared with the Wedgetail (A$65,800) and MRH-90 (A$34,700).
The best part of the report runs from page 197 to 207. Here defence
journalist Gregor Ferguson of Australian Defence Magazine provides a
well-written review of the challenges