BAE Systems has secured a new four-year contract from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to support the country’s military air operations.

Under this $9m ($6.37m) contract, BAE Systems will be responsible for providing mission system support services for ADF military operations through the air component-command and control capability system (AC-C2CS).

BAE Systems Australia Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance general manager Chris Keane said: "The AC-C2CS supports the planning, preparation, execution and reporting of military air operations.

"This system plays a critical role in facilitating continuous military operations, supporting ADF air operations 24 hours a day every day of the year."

"This system plays a critical role in facilitating continuous military operations, supporting ADF air operations 24 hours a day every day of the year.

"We are delighted to secure the new four-year contract, with options for a further two two-year extensions, and continue our successful association with the ADF."

The AC-C2CS offers a significant element in the command, control, planning and support of ADF aviation operations.

As part of this development, ten BAE employees will be based at Headquarters Air Command, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Glenbrook, NSW, and at Headquarters Joint Operations Centre in Bungendore, ACT.

Recently, the RAAF 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.