BAE Systems Australia has secured a two-year contract worth approximately $200 million to sustain the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hawk 127 lead-in fighter fleet.
The role includes all deeper-level and operational maintenance for the 33 aircraft.
This extension reinforces the company’s position as a longtime capability partner of the RAAF, BAE Systems said in a statement. The company will continue to sustain the Hawk fleet at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce until at least 2020, with further potential extensions available until 2026.
“Securing this extension underscores the success of our longstanding partnership with the RAAF, and the performance of the 300 employees working on this program,” said Steve Drury, director for Aerospace at BAE Systems Australia. “It will ensure the Hawk fleet continues to effectively prepare the country’s combat aircrew for fast jet aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, when it arrives.
“Since 2013, BAE Systems’ support of the fleet has achieved all contract key performance indicators, including aircraft availability and overall fleet management. Working alongside the RAAF, we have ensured aircraft are available for training when needed, and have continued to deliver significant savings in sustainment.”