The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an £800 million order for 20 Hawk Mk 128 aircraft, with an option for up to a further 24, from BAE Systems.
The aircraft, due to enter service in 2008, will be used to train the future pilots for the Tornado GR4, Harrier GR7, Typhoon and later the Joint Strike Fighter, taking over from the current fleet of Hawk T1 aircraft on 208 Squadron and 19 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey.
‘This is excellent news for BAE Systems, its employees at the Brough factory on Humberside, where Hawk 128 will be designed and built, and for the several hundred people involved in the UK supply chain for the aircraft,’ said Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.
‘This excellent news keeps the Hawk at the leading edge of fast jet training technology and reinforces its position as the world’s most successful advanced jet trainer,’ said Hawk and Brough Managing Director Mark Parkinson. ‘This decision ensures that the redundancy notice for 470 posts at BAE Systems Brough will not be exercised.’
The Hawk 128 is a new development from the successful Hawk family of aircraft, designed around a fully digital cockpit, open architecture computers and airborne simulation systems.
The UK’s commitment to Hawk will directly secure 2,200 jobs across BAE Systems at Brough and 70 companies within the supplier base.