Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced that BAE Systems UK has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Lead-In Fighter Hawk fleet.
Dr Kelly said as the manufacturer of the original Hawk aircraft, BAE Systems UK, will conduct the multi-million dollar upgrade.
“This upgrade is based on a later version of the aircraft developed for the UK Ministry of Defence,” Dr Kelly said.
Both BAE Systems UK and BAE Systems Australia have been working closely with Defence to define the scope of the upgrade, leveraging off previous Hawk development programs.
“Australian industry will also be engaged, ensuring compatibility with the current Lead-In Fighter training capability, construction of simulator facilities, modification of the Hawk Fleet, and in-service support of equipment.”
Dr Kelly said upgrading the fast jet training system will ensure its effectiveness into the next decade.
“This provides a solid foundation for the progression of aircrew onto the F/A-18 Classic and Super Hornets and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is introduced into service,” Dr Kelly said.
Dr Kelly's office: Robbie Rynehart (02) 6277 7730 or 0459 810 654
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