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BAE Systems to continue RAAF Hawk support

8th July 2013 - 14:18 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


BAE Systems will continue to provide in-service support for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet under a newly-signed five year contract. The contract, with a value of up to $435 million, commenced on 1 July, and will see the company support the fleet out to 2026 if all potential extensions are executed.

The contract covers deeper maintenance, engineering, full logistics and training systems support for 33 Hawk fighters at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce.

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.

According to the company, the contract will see the RAAF benefit from a greater than five per cent saving over the contract period, without compromising on quality or availability.

Steve Drury, BAE Systems Australia director aerospace, said: ‘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. This contract is another example of how the Commonwealth can partner with industry to achieve significant savings.

The contract will also foster increased collaboration, with the co-location of 78 Wing headquarters at BAE Systems’ Williamtown facility.    

‘We are proud to continue as the provider of this important RAAF capability and ensure that the Hawk remains a quality, cost effective training platform throughout its whole of life,’ Drury added.

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