Minister for Defence - Local jobs for Air Force in-service support contract

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The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Defence

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6 August 2015

The Australian Government welcomes the creation of 116 local jobs following the signing of a multi-million dollar defence contract with BAE Systems Australia.

The scope of BAE Systems Australia’s current in-service support contract for the Hawk Lead-In Fighter has been increased to include operational maintenance.

Valued at approximately $126 million, this represents great news for Australia’s air defence capability and Australian defence industry.

Importantly, this will also support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in redirecting personnel from this work in support of other critical strategic priorities such as the Joint Strike Fighter.

The Hawk Lead-In Fighter prepares qualified Air Force pilots for operational conversion to F/A-18A Classic Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets and into the future Growlers and the Joint Strike Fighter.

The changes to the contract will create 68 jobs at Williamtown, New South Wales and 48 at RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia.  

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Chloe Petch (Minister Andrews’ Office) 0477 395 356

Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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