BAE Sys­tems UK gets con­tract for fast jet trainer up­grade

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

BAE Sys­tems has com­menced a new con­tract to re­main the in-ser­vice sup­port provider for the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Hawk 127 leadin fighter fleet. The five-year con­tract, with po­ten­tial ex­ten­sions out to 2026, will de­liver deeper main­te­nance, en­gi­neer­ing, full lo­gis­tics and train­ing sys­tems sup­port for 33 Hawk fight­ers at RAAF Base Wil­liamtown and RAAF Base Pearce. The con­tract com- menced on July 1, 2013, and is val­ued at up to $435 mil­lion.

It will en­sure the Hawk re­mains an ef­fec­tive plat­form into the next decade for pre­par­ing air­crew for op­er­a­tional con­ver­sion to the F/A-18A Hor­net and the F/A-18F Su­per Hor­net air­craft, and then the F-35 Light­ning II Joint Strike Fighter when it is in­tro­duced into ser­vice.

BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia Di­rec­tor Aero­space Steve Drury said the RAAF would ben­e­fit from a greater than five per cent sav­ing over the con­tract pe­riod, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity or avail­abil­ity.

“Our so­lu­tion builds on the pre­vi­ous 10 per cent plus cost re­duc­tion we achieved on Hawk sup­port in re­cent years to de­liver fur­ther sav­ings through more in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions,” Drury said. The con­tract con­tin­ues to sup­port 145 BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia em­ploy­ees at Wil­liamtown and 42 em­ploy­ees at Pearce.

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