BAE Systems Awarded Contract to Upgrade RAAF’s Hawk Training Jets

BAE Systems received $1 billion order from the Australian Government to upgrade their military’s fleet of Mk 127 Hawk trainer aircraft.

BAE Systems’ Australian engineering teams, supported by teams in the UK, will deliver a program of software and hardware upgrades to the Australian 33-strong Mk 127 Hawk fleet to ensure it continues to deliver highly-trained pilots to fly fast jets including the F-35 Lightning II.

The new contract includes the continuation of the existing in-service support, providing maintenance, engineering and supply chain services to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and provides the foundation for progressive upgrades of mission systems.

A Rolls-Royce 951 Adour engine upgrade for the Australian fleet will be incorporated by 2025 and will align the aircraft with the UK Royal Air Force’s T2 Hawk aircraft.

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