Hawk AJT

BAE Systems has awarded a contract to SME Aerospace (SMEA) for the production of additional pylons for the Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) aircraft.

Under the contract, the company will manufacture and supply 16 inboard and 16 outboard pylons for one of BAE’s key export customers.

SME Aerospace CEO Dave Davies said: "We have been working with BAE Systems for a number of years and the award of this contract for Hawk Pylons further demonstrates our long and successful relationship.

"BAE Systems has been an important partner and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them."

"Under the contract, SMEA will manufacture and supply 16 inboard and 16 outboard pylons for one of BAE’s key export customers."

BAE Systems South East Asia managing director John Brosnan said: "SME Aerospace has an excellent track record in manufacturing pylons for Hawk aircraft, and we are pleased with the continued manufacture and export of this key component by the Malaysian industry.

"Industrial partnerships form an important part of our strategy and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Malaysia."

SMEA has been manufacturing Hawk pylons since 1992, and has to date built more than 600 at its factory in Sungai Buloh, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Further contract details including its value and delivery schedule remain undisclosed.

The Hawk is powered by a single Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan engine. It is an advanced trainer aircraft that features the latest in advanced simulation for radar, weapons, and defensive aids training.

Approximately 1000 jets have been sold or ordered by 18 customers worldwide. These include Finland, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and the UAE, as well as the UK and the US.

Image: A UK Royal Air Force’s Hawk T1 trainer aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of Arpingstone.