BAE Systems’ £590m RAF contract securing vital jobs in Lancashire

The Hawk aircraft is heralded by the RAF as its chosen jet trainer to train its student pilots

An 11-year contract has been awarded to BAE systems to continue its support for the UK’s Royal Air Force Hawk Fleet, securing vital jobs across Lancashire.

The £590 million contract means jobs have been secured across different sites in Lancashire, including Warton and Samlesbury, which will see teams at the sites providing maintenance and upgrades to the fleet of 28 aircraft based at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales for the next 11 years. Those at the Lancashire sites will provide technical support, engineering and project management enabling the continued maintenance of the Hawk fleet, and the iconic RAF Red Arrows display team which will undergo depth maintenance at RAF Valley as part of this new contract.

he Hawk aircraft is heralded by the RAF as its chosen jet trainer to train its student pilots who will ultimately go on to operate aircraft including Typhoon, F-35 and next-generation combat aircraft. BAE Systems has provided support to the Hawk fleet for 12 years.

Andrea Thompson, Managing Director – Europe &International, BAE Systems’ Air sector, said: “As the UK’s sovereign combat air capability provider, we pride ourselves in our close work with the RAF to understand its training and operational requirements; supporting the RAF to equip pilots with the skills, capabilities and equipment they need to safeguard national security.

“Through this collaborative approach with the RAF and our industry partners, we have secured a long term continuation of Hawk support, which will deliver improved value for money and allow savings to be reinvested which will ultimately benefit the UK’s air power talent and capability.”

As part of the contract, BAE Systems and Babcock will also carry out depth maintenance to the Hawk TMk1 aircraft flown by the Red Arrows from RAF Valley, ensuring the team continues to represent the speed, agility and precision of the RAF at air shows across the globe.

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