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On May 12 BAE Systems celebrated a decade of successful
production and support operations for the Hawk 127 Lead-In
Fighter (LIF) aircraft in Australia.
The first all Australian-built Hawk, numbered A27-10, rolled out of
BAE Systems’ Williamtown hangar for its maiden test flight on 12 May
Coincidentally, the same aircraft returned to the hangar exactly 10
years later for a scheduled maintenance check.
The Hawk LIF project was established to deliver and support a state-
of-the-art fast jet training capability for the Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF), replacing the Macchi jet trainer fleet which was retired in 2000.
The contract combined the acquisition of 33 advanced jet trainers
with a 25-year life-of-type deeper maintenance support ser vice by BAE
The RAAF procured 33 Hawks, 21 of which were assembled in Australia
and 12 in the United Kingdom at BAE Systems’ facilities at Brough and
Currently, 18 aircraft are operational at RAAF Base Williamtown
(NSW) and 15 at RAAF Base Pearce (WA) with BAE Systems providing
on-site support at both airfields.
The contract has created more than 500 defence and aerospace jobs.
At BAE Systems’ Williamtown facility alone, approxim ately 185
employees currently work on the Hawk LIF contract.
“This is a proud day for our company and our employees,” said Gerry
Mann, General Manager Fast Jet Support for the Aerospace Business
“We have delivered and maintained a quality product that meets our
customer’s primary goal of preparing its young fast jet pilots to operate
the next generation of fighter aircraft.”
“ We are extremely proud of the profession al , experienced and
capable team who work across several continents to support Hawk. The
success of this project is due to them”
“We look forward to continuing our association with this fine aircraft
and the RAAF for the next decade and beyond,” he said.
BAE Systems marks tenth anniversary of Australian
Credit: BAE Systems
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