BAE Systems signs $245m Hawk contract

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The ompany will continue to sustain the Hawk fleet at Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce in WA together with further potential extensions, until at least 2022.

The role comprises all deeper and logistics operational-level maintenance and the management of the Australian supply chain for the program.

Hawk is the world’s strongest and recognized advanced jet trainer aircraft with more than.

Employing airborne simulation technology that is advanced, Hawk is a flying classroom that may place student pilots at the controls of a combat aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Reflecting the RAAF’s approach to bring innovative asset management to sustainment, the contract sees BAE Systems Australia take on the role of platform steward for its Hawk that will see the company playing a important part in the long-term availability and capacity of the aircraft.

“The performance of the team supporting this endeavor has been critical to securing this contract expansion,” BAE Systems Australia Aerospace and Integrated Systems Director, Steve Drury said.

“we have worked hard to reduce program costs and the job has improved we do to encourage the aircraft, in parallel with a substantial upgrade of the entire Hawk fleet.

“The Lead-in Fighter Capability Assurance Program upgrade ensures the aircraft is acceptable for jets including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, preparing pilots for a production air force. ”
The aircraft are operated by 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown and from 79 Squadron in Pearce.

The Hawk Mark 127 Lead-In Fighter is a tandem, two-seat jet aircraft. It is used to prepare the RAAF’s jet aircrew for operational conversion to F/A -18 Super Hornet, the F/A -18 Hornet and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

BAE Systems delivers availability support and training to Hawk fleets operating with the UK Royal Air Force and across the Middle East.