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Lead In Fighter

Capability Assurance Program
The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Hawk fleet is among the most capable in the world following a major capability upgrade undertaken by BAE Systems Australia.
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The 33 aircraft upgrade began in 2014 and finished five years later in 2019, on time and within budget.
 
Each upgraded Hawk aircraft provides new training capabilities including simulated radar, electronic warfare, digital mapping, ground proximity warning system and traffic collision avoidance.
 
The Australian Hawk Mk127 fleet has been an integral part of the fast jet training system since 2001, enabling the RAAF to produce highly trained aircrew for life in the cockpits of combat aircraft including F/A-18 A/B Classic Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers.
Our delivery of the upgraded Hawk Mk127 fleet allows the Royal Australian Air Force’s pilots of the future to fly the latest digital standard of Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer.

Steve Drury, Aerospace Director

The modified aircraft provides the RAAF with a Lead-In Fighter that is comparable with the Royal Air Force (UK) Hawk T2 Advanced Jet Trainer and ensures the Australian Hawk aircraft is suitable for a fifth generation air force, preparing pilots for fast jets including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
 
The project has involved BAE Systems engineers in the UK and Australia, BAE Systems and RAAF technicians, and industry partners CAE and Cubic Defence Applications Inc have played pivotal roles.
 
The upgrade includes the replacement of two legacy synthetic training devices with three full-mission simulators provided by CAE and the incorporation of an Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation capability on to the aircraft by Cubic Defence Applications Inc.
 
The Royal Australian Air Force at the LIFCAP ceremony in Williamtown
 
BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:
 
“With this extremely capable upgraded Hawk aircraft, the RAAF has a world-class Lead-In Fighter that is ready to deliver high calibre pilots for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.
 
“The work undertaken on these aircraft demonstrates the important sovereign capability that we have developed in Australia and which will underpin our sustainment of the F-35 aircraft.”
It is a testament to all involved that the upgrade program has been delivered without adversely impacting the training of the RAAF’s fast jet crew, which is a significant achievement.

Gabby Costigan, CEO BAE Systems Australia

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Hawk Lead In Fighter at LIFCAP ceremony
Hawk Lead In Fighter at LIFCAP ceremony

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Andrew Chapman at LIFCAP ceremony
Andrew Chapman at LIFCAP ceremony

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Cath Roberts at the LIFCAP ceremony in Williamtown
Cath Roberts at LIFCAP ceremony

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The Royal Australian Air Force at the LIFCAP ceremony in Williamtown
RAAF at LIFCAP ceremony

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Hawk flying over the Williamtown hangar at the LIFCAP ceremony
Williamtown hangar at LIFCAP ceremony

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Hawk flying at the LIFCAP ceremony in Williamtown
Hawk flying at LIFCAP ceremony

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Hawk Lead In Fighter demo at Williamtown
Hawk Lead In Fighter demo at Williamtown

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Crowd watching Hawk Lead In Fighter demo at Williamtown
Crowd watching Hawk Lead In Fighter demo at Williamtown

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Hawk Lead In Fighter landed at RAAF Base Williamtown
Hawk Lead In Fighter landed at RAAF Base Williamtown

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