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Canadian Hawk Support Contract for BAE Systems


Warton, United Kingdom – Underpinning the growing importance of support and services to its business portfolio, BAE Systems has today announced a new £8.3M contract to continue support of Hawk jet trainers at the NATO Flying Training programme based in Canada (NFTC).

The contract with prime contractor Bombardier ensures the timely delivery of both scheduled and unscheduled servicing and technical support services, including responding to queries from the NFTC programme.

The continuing collaboration between BAE Systems and Bombardier has seen the introduction of a number of process improvements and through life cost savings, which has resulted from extending the period of time between scheduled servicing.

Martin Rushton, Senior Vice President Training Solutions and Support said: “BAE Systems welcomes this contract extension. Working closely with Bombardier has led to a range of cost saving solutions being introduced. The Hawk Mk115 fleet has one of the highest aircraft flying hour totals in the Hawk trainer aircraft world and with the fleet exceeded 75,000 flying hours in the last ten years, it is vital we deliver a reliable and cost-effective support solution”.

There are 11 NATO Air Forces in the NFTC programme either as participants or instructors.


The NFTC programme is a strategic alliance between the Canadian Government and Bombardier to provide undergraduate and post graduate flying training. Training is also available to international air forces through government to government agreements whereby each party contributes to the relationship, the Canadian Government supply the training syllabus and infrastructure. The participating air force provides international program management, students and flight instructors for every three students.

The NFTC programme is scheduled to run until at least 2020.


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