This is a contract with UK Ministry of Defence to maintain and support the RAF fleet of Tornado aircraftuntil their retirement in 2019.
We have a commitment to supporting and maintaining the fleet; with a responsibility of ensuring that enough aircraft are available for the squadrons to fly, making them easily deployable on operations.
We have a 250 strong team that works alongside the customer in order to deliver this service mainly from RAF Marham in Norfolk. To cut out any delays in the decision-making process there are communications links to the supply chain and project management teams at our Warton and Samlesbury sites also.
It is incredibly important that we perform for the RAF for the security of the nation, but it’s also important from a business point of view because around the world we have to deliver on our commitments here in the UK. David Ward, Head of UK Fleet Operations, Tornado, Worked on the contract on several occasions since 2005 and is currently back in KSA; he can remember when the first aircraft was brought into the hangar.
The Tornado aircraft has been involved in continued operations for almost 25 years, its capabilities have been extensively modified as a weapons platform and it sits strongly up there with the best. As Tornado’s planned out of service date of 2019 approaches, the team continues to develop its capability as it provides support on a day-to-day basis.
We have built up a team in the last eight years and we have grown. Not just grown in terms of numbers but in terms of capability too, as people, as individuals. We have grown personally and professionally through this journey and we’re now much better equipped for the future. David Ward, Head of UK Fleet Operations, Tornado
The contract delivers significant savings by combining the skills and expertise of our employees and the RAF. RAF officers and BAE Systems personnel stand shoulder to shoulder each day to enable the Tornado fleet at RAF Marham to complete successful operations. It's a partnership that has been so successful it has led to similar contracts most notably on the RAF Typhoon and Hawk fleets.