Achievements as new Lead-In Fighter contract celebrates first year

Lead-In Fighter 1 year contract
WILLIAMTOWN, NEW SOUTH WALES: BAE Systems is celebrating the first anniversary of the Hawk Lead-In Fighter (LIF) In Service Support Phase 3 contract, achieving solid performances across aircraft availability and fleet management.

The LIF Phase 3 project team has exceeded all contract Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for aircraft availability and material demand satisfaction rates, and achieved contract incentives for additional availability in all quarters.

One of the hallmarks of the LIF Phase 3 project is its unified approach to management and execution between BAE Systems Australia and the Department of Defence.

As part of this, 78 Wing and the Defence Materiel Organisation are now co-located in BAE Systems’ Williamtown LIF facility.

Officer Commanding No 78 Wing, Group Captain Bernie Grealy, has described this arrangement as a ‘benchmark’ in Commonwealth–contractor relationships.

The LIF Phase 3 project team also has introduced a tripartite, collocated Fleet Management Cell, which is charged with fleet planning and management, including aircraft maintenance, external repainting programs, the AIR5438 LIF Capability Assurance Program (CAP) and a wing structural repair program.

BAE Systems Australia Aerospace Director Steve Drury  said, “This whole-of-program, integrated management approach is potentially relevant to being used in other Commonwealth contracts, including the AIR5428 Pilot Training System opportunity.”

The Hawk Lead-In Fighter will remain in service until 2026, with the potential for a further 10 years. The five-year Phase 3 contract, with potential extensions out to 2026, is to deliver deeper maintenance, engineering, full logistics and training systems support.

The first Hawk entered service in Australia in 2001, and since then BAE Systems Australia has provided in-service support for the 33-strong fleet.