BAE Systems has marked the first year of its latest Hawk 127 support contract, stating that it has achieved “solid” performance in aircraft availability and fleet management.
“One of the hallmarks of the [Lead-In Fighter] Phase 3 project is its unified approach to management and execution between BAE Systems Australia and the Department of Defence,” the company stated. “As part of this [the Royal Australian Air Force’s] 78 Wing and the Defence Materiel Organisation are now co-located in BAE Systems’ Williamtown LIF facility.”
The Hawk is expected to remain in service until at least 2026. The five-year Phase 3 contract, which could be extended to the same date, sees the company delivering deeper maintenance, engineering, full logistics and training systems support.