RAAF Base Tindal is a major Defence Airbase with existing airfield infrastructure and support systems that require modification to support the introduction into services of remotely operated aircraft – MQ-4C Triton aircraft system (Triton). As such Defence have released a Request for Tender seeking a Head Contractor for AIR7000 Phase 1B Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Facilities. The facilties will be integrated with existing services and support infrastructure arrangements to support the Triton and are to include construction of:
a. two maintenance hangars
b. a building for support and maintenance
c. a deployable mission control system to support operations
d. aircraft pavements
e. an aircraft wash and engine run-up area
f. a ground support equipment shelter
g. internal access roads, car parking, general pavements and landscaping
h. local building services plant
i. site wide engineering services (reticulated services including high and low voltage power distribution, ICT, water and sewer connections).
The general philosophy for the design of the proposed works is based on:
a. addressing functional requirements derived from the manufacturer (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
b. providing cost-effective, functional, low-maintenance, energy-efficient design options compatible with proposed functions and existing aesthetics
c. adopting conventional construction techniques and materials commonly used by the construction industry and consistent with those already used where possible
d. applying appropriate durability measures to reduce ongoing maintenance and achieve the proposed design life
e. maximising the use of existing infrastructure and facilities, including integrating into existing facilities at RAAF Base Edinburgh
f. working with site constraints, master planning relationship to other facilities, security requirements and approved Estate Base Plans for each location
g. providing flexible services and infrastructure to accommodate an appropriate level of growth.
The Project will be delivered at RAAF Base Tindal (Triton home base) located approximately 15 kilometres south-east of Katherine in the Northern Territory. The design for RAAF Base Tindal is forecast to be completed in late 2022. A Head Contractor is expected to be appointed to commence construction in early 2023 and be completed by late 2025. Budget estimate is $180 – 200 mill.This RFT closes on 29 November 2022.