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Raytheon Australia announced on December 16 that it has teamed with
BAE Systems to bid for the Air 5428 Pilot Training System Program. Air
5428 Phase 1 aims to utilise advanced training systems to increase the
efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force’s fixed wing
The Raytheon Australia solution centres on the Hawker Beechcraft T-6C
military trainer supported by advanced simulation and a comprehensive
training system architecture.
Demonstrating strong capabilities as a trusted partner in force
preparedness the Raytheon Australia team of Raytheon, BAE Systems
Australia and Hawker Beechcraft offers innovative training solutions and a
proud record of contract performance in mission support, fixed wing flying
training as well as aircraft systems manufacture and support.
Together, Raytheon Australia, BAE Systems and Hawker Beechcraft will
offer an advanced Pilot Training System including aircraft, simulators,
training devices, instructors and facilities, as well as courseware certified
and maintained to exacting Defence standards. The team’s cost effective
end-to-end solution will be tailored to the needs of the ADF and squarely
focused upon delivering the competencies required by pilots of advanced
fourth and fifth generation aircraft.
To this end, the team’s solution will increase graduation numbers
rates. Selection of the
Raytheon team also offers
the opportunity to minimise
program transition risk.
In announcing the teaming
agreement, the Managing
Director of Raytheon Australia, Mr Michael Ward, emphasised the
importance of a systems engineering approach to increase the effectiveness
of fixed wing flying training. He also pointed to Raytheon’s extensive
training pedigree including Hornet and Super Hornet training systems,
the RAN Retention and Motivation Initiative, electronic warfare training
system and a range of relevant training programs in the United States and
the United Kingdom.
BAE Systems currently delivers all flight screening and basic flight
training for the ADF and a range of flight training for the Royal Brunei Air
Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The company also provides deeper maintenance and through life
support for five of the ADF’s front line fixed and rotary wing fleets across
the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air
Raytheon Teaming Agreement Announced
for Pilot Training System Competition
Credit: USAF / Gabe Johnson
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