IT upgrade grounded RAF Valley jets
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.”