BAE Systems UK gets contract for fast jet trainer upgrade
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.