The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is upgrading its Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter Training System and expanding operational support for this aircraft from BAE Systems.
The AUD 1.5 billion (£ 794 million) investment is expected to contribute directly to job creation at the Williamdown and Pierce sites. The government has announced that BAE Systems’ 10-year agreement with Australia will protect 350 direct jobs, create 900 direct and indirect jobs in the Australian sector and gradually improve the performance of high-speed fighter aircraft by 2032.
The modernization of the 33-fleet fleet will include an engine modification to meet the new requirements of pilots preparing to fly the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, F / A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Chroller. The Mk951 Adour engine will be powered by Rolls Royce.
Design work is underway to integrate the upgraded Mk951 engine into an aircraft.
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