This important document sets out the understanding relating to the high-level aspects of any future contracts and related agreements for Hawk life extension in UK and Australia.
The intent was signed by BAE Systems Air Sector and BAE Systems Australia, RAF and RAAF, CASG and DE&S.
The objective of the joint UK and Australian Hawk solution development project is to create a scalable, flexible, sustainable support and capability enhancement solution for the UK and Australian Hawk that delivers the required output at the optimal cost, thereby creating space to address affordability and capability challenges.
There is a significant opportunity for UK and Australia to collaborate for the benefit of both Hawk fast jet training programs. The configurations of the RAAF Mk.127 (LIFCAP) and RAF Mk.128 (T2) Hawk fleets are highly common, their methods of operation are similar and BAE Systems operates as a common industry partner.
These commonalities are underpinned by the shared history and trusted relationship between the RAAF and RAF.
A joint UK and Australia team will now be stood up and operating within an agreed framework to deliver a plan that summarises the future support solution, the target price, the efficiency levers and the re-investment priorities.
Katie Callan, Delivery Director - Hawk and Training Services, Air, said: “The Hawk platform plays a critical part of the fast jet training pipeline for both the RAF and RAAF, both of which have the ambition to keep the jets flying and at the heart of their fast jet training capability for years to come. Working collaboratively to meet our customers’ needs and across our business will help to deliver capability, as well as savings for the long term.
“Our close relationship with both Air Forces underpins the strategic intent to deliver pilots with the required skills and capabilities through to the front line forces for the long term.”
Andrew Chapman, Director Aircraft Sustainment & Training, said “this intent establishes the foundation for our teams here and in the UK to harness the full expertise our company has in aircraft sustainment for the benefit of our Air Forces.
“We will continue to work closely with RAAF and CASG to provide product stewardship for the Hawk Fleet and ensure their needs are met into the future.
“Thank you to the team who continue to perform on this key program for our business. It is through your strong delivery ethic and relationship with the Air Force we have maintained on this program that underpins our future success and opportunity.”