BAE Systems’ Williamtown facility has for more than two decades supported the RAAF in the upgrade and maintenance of the Hawk jet trainer aircraft. The Australian Hawk Mk127 fleet is an integral part of the fast jet training system, enabling the RAAF to graduate 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.
BAE Systems is now also supporting the Air Force’s growing fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
F-35 sustainment activities will see about 400 jobs created over the next 10 years and remain at this level over the 30 plus year contract
BAE Systems Australia Director Aircraft Sustainment and Training, Andrew Chapman said:
“Today’s announcement further supports Williamtown becoming a pre-eminent aviation, defence and aerospace-related manufacturing hub.
“Our company has invested heavily in the development of bespoke aerospace capabilities, developing our people and supporting our supply chain to ensure the RAAF has the capability it needs. Now more than ever government and industry collaboration is needed to build on the foundations established in the region to support sustainable growth in the Hunter Valley.”
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