BAE Systems Australia took over operational maintenance of the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter on Friday, 1 July, in an extension of its contract for in-service support of the Lead-In Fighter training system.
This marks the transfer of first line Hawk maintenance from Royal Australian Air Force technicians to our partners at BAE Systems Australia, after 15 years of the present arrangements.
As a result of the transfer, approximately 150 Royal Australian Air Force technicians across bases at Pearce and Williamtown are being reemployed across the current platforms and new weapon systems, such as the EA-18G Growler and the F35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Officer Commanding 78 Wing, Group Captain Terry van Haren, said Royal Australian Air Force engineers and technicians have a proud history of professional and dedicated service within Numbers 76 Squadron and 79 Squadron.
“Collectively the Squadrons recently celebrated 100,000 hours of flying on the Hawk 127 aircraft without loss of life or aircraft.”
“The men and women of 76 Squadron and 79 Squadron can be justly proud of their efforts, and they can look forward to an exciting career moving forward in the operational Air Force,” Captain van Haren said.
The transition to BAE’s total sustainment of the Hawk 127 began in October 2015.