BAE Systems has awarded a contract to aerospace products manufacturer Héroux-Devtek for the production of complete landing gear shipsets for the Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft.

Under the $11m contract terms, Héroux-Devtek will manufacture and assemble complete landing gear replacement shipsets and hydraulic actuators for BAE Systems.

The shipsets are planned to be installed on the fleet of an export Hawk customer as part of its planned aircraft maintenance programme.

"More than 1,000 Hawk jet trainers have been sold to 18 countries across the globe."

With the new replacement shipsets, the customer will be able to extend the service life of the aircraft.

Héroux-Devtek plans to start deliveries of these shipsets in early 2018 through mid-2019.

Héroux-Devtek vice-president and chief operating officer Martin Brassard said: “The Hawk is an important, longstanding programme for Héroux-Devtek’s UK operations.

“We designed the landing gear for the aircraft and this contract highlights the extent over which revenues from life-cycle design programmes can be earned.

“We are pleased to continue providing high-quality systems and components to leading OEMs of the global aerospace industry and aircraft operators.”

More than 1,000 Hawk jet trainers have been sold to 18 countries across the globe.

The Hawk is a single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft and was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk.