BAE Systems Australia has completed the capability upgrade on the
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hawk Mk127 advanced trainer aircraft
fleet at its Williamtown maintenance facility. Engineers in the UK and
Australia, as well as RAAF technicians, were involved in the 33
aircraft programme. With this upgraded Hawk, the RAAF has a lead-in
fighter that is ready to train pilots for the F-35A Joint Strike
Fighter. The Hawks provide new training capabilities including
simulated radar, electronic warfare, digital mapping, ground proximity
warning and traffic collision avoidance. The upgrade also includes the
replacement of two synthetic training devices with three full mission
simulators provided by Australian defence contractor CAE.
The Hawk Mk127 fleet has been an integral part of the RAAF’s fast jet training system since 2001 and is operated by 76 and 79 squadrons at the Williamtown and Pearce bases. Over the years the fleet has delivered trained aircrew for Hornets, Super Hornets and Growlers. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract extension to continue to sustain the RAAF Hawk fleet until at least 2022.