IT up­grade grounded RAF Val­ley jets

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MIL­I­TARY chiefs have re­vealed why jets at RAF Val­ley were grounded for more than a week.

The MoD has con­firmed that the fleet of 28 Hawk T2 planes were un­able to fly as part of an IT up­grade to the soft­ware on all the planes.

But they have poured cold water on re­ports that a tech­ni­cal glitch meant the air­craft had to be grounded for much longer than ex­pected.

It was re­ported flight com­put­ers on the 28-plane fleet were hit with a glitch af­ter the up­grades, some­thing the MoD did not con­firm.

A spokesman for the MoD said: “Our Hawk T2s at RAF Val­ley are up and fly­ing af­ter we un­der­took some planned soft­ware up­grades to en­sure our trainee pi­lots are ben­e­fit­ing from the very lat­est tech­nol­ogy.”

Last month’s work was an up­grade to the air­crafts’ en­gi­neer­ing main- ten­ance sys­tems.

The air­craft pro­vide Ad­vanced Fast Jet Train­ing for RAF and Royal Navy pi­lots, but the MOD said the work will not im­pact on the grad­u­a­tion dates of stu­dents.

A spokesman for BAE Sys­tems, which makes the Hawk T2 jets, said: “Dur­ing a planned up­grade, the Hawk T2 used at RAF Val­ley did not fly. The sched­uled up­grade is now com­plete and Hawk T2 fly­ing has recom­menced.”

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