The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has selected BAE Systems Australia to provide operational maintenance for its Hawk 127 lead-in fighter fleet.
Starting from July next year, BAE employees will offer all maintenance support on the flight line to the Hawk fleet at RAAF bases at Williamtown and Pearce.
In addition, the company will deliver services such as aircraft launch and recovery, on-site management support and deployment operations.
BAE Systems Australia Aerospace director Steve Drury said: "By building on the unified approach we have with the Department of Defence to deliver Hawk deeper maintenance, our operational maintenance solution enables a more holistic approach to Hawk support that maximises aircraft serviceability for less cost.
"This outcome is a testament to our people and performance over more than a decade with 78 Wing, 76 and 79 Squadrons and the Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office."
Meanwhile, BAE will now provide the total Hawk sustainment solution under the change made to the existing Hawk lead-in fighter in service support Phase III contract.
Awarded in 2013, the existing contract involves delivery of deeper maintenance, engineering, full logistics and training systems support for 33 Hawk fighters based at Williamtown and Pearce.
Powered by a single Rolls-Royce Adour Mk871 turbofan engine, the Hawk 127 is an advanced variant of the Hawk 100 series, and features a full glass cockpit, new hands-on throttle and stick control system (HOTAS) and new avionics suite.
The aircraft is primarily operated by the RAAF’s No.76 Squadron and No.79 Squadron to cost-effectively prepare aircrew for operational conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter or F-111 strike aircraft.
Image: Hawk 127 lead-in fighter. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.