Technical details
Australian Defence Force


Team Downer

In mid- 2019 CASG combined the existing Army Aviation Program Office (AAPO) with a number of Navy aviation projects to create the Navy Army Aviation Acquisition Program Office (NA3PO).


The purpose of NA3PO is to deliver upgrades to various Navy and Army rotary-wing and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) capabilities that will provide the ADF with the capability to successfully complete their missions in the 2020’s and beyond. NA3PO has also recently assumed management of its first Air Force project through the non-pilot officer aircrew training project that has been allocated to the Program.

The various Army capabilities to be introduced under NA3PO include Light Utility Helicopters to support Special Forces operations, a replacement or upgrade of the current Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter along with providing future generations of UAS for the tactical reconnaissance role.

Navy projects supported include Maritime UAS systems that will operate from a number of vessel classes to support fleet operations and the current manned aircraft deployed on RAN ships. The program office also supports finalisation of activities in introducing to service the Sikorsky MH-60R (Romeo) Seahawk helicopters.


As part of the MSP program, SYSTRA has led the establishment of the Integrated Work Partner (IWP) relationship to support this program office as a key delivery partner. SYSTRA has provided a growing range of skills and expertise to NA3PO to drive these important projects through Defence’s capability lifecycle as part of the Team Downer consortium. Our staff are helping to build effective and innovative project outcomes to merge and grow the various Defence Helicopter and UAS projects into the one program.

Current skill sets being provided include engineering, integrated logistics and project/program management.