July 23, 2012–Newcastle,Australia (Techreleased) – BAE Systems has congratulated the Royal Australian Air Force on achieving 75,000 flying hours for its fleet of Hawk Lead-In Fighters.
The first Hawk entered service in Australia in 2001, and since then BAE Systems personnel have provided in-service support for the 33-strong fleet
Director Aerospace John Monaghan said “This milestone is a credit to the skill and dedication of the RAAF flight and maintenance crews and BAE Systems personnel.
“The successful track record during this time is also a testament to the reliability of the Hawk aircraft.
“Over the last decade we have worked closely with the RAAF’s 78 Wing and the DMO’s Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office and are proud to have been involved with this significant flying milestone.”
The BAE Hawk 127 is a tandem, two-seat jet aircraft primarily used to prepare the RAAF’s fast jet aircrew for operational conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet and ultimately the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Hawk squadrons with BAE Systems teams in support, are based at RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle and RAAF Base Pearce near Perth.
Almost 1000 Hawk aircraft have been sold or are on order, training fast jet pilots in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and in more than 20 other nations.