BAE Systems wins RAAF Hawk contract extension

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Published: July 7, 2011

Australia has awarded BAE Systems a A$ 150m ($ 160m) contract extension for the support of its Hawk 127 advanced jet trainers.

The two-year extension covers maintenance, engineering and logistics support for the Royal Australian Air Force’s 33 Hawks, two related training simulators and a computerised instruction system, said Jason Clare, minister for defence materiel.

“Through the strategic reform programme, the defence ministry has worked with BAE Systems to deliver savings in excess of 10% over the two-year extension period,” said Clare.

The savings come from a revised maintenance strategy and overhaul programme improvements. BAE has supported the aircraft since they entered RAAF service in 2000.

Operating from the service’s Williamtown and Pearce air bases, the Hawks provide lead-in training for future pilots of the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet. BAE has 180 staff at Williamtown and 50 at Pearce.

” [The Hawk] is an important capability for the air force, training our future pilots to fly Hornets and eventually the [Lockheed Martin F-35] Joint Strike Fighter,” said Clare. “It’s important that the aircraft and the other training systems are well supported and maintained.”

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