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BAE Hawk goes 75,000 hours

The Australian BAE Hawk trainer jet fighter has reached 75,000 flying hours. The Hawk is mainly used to train fighter pilots to go on flying F/A- 18 and the F-35. 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.

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