UK’s “Contracting for Availability” Adds Hawks, Looks Ahead

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The Red Arrows(click to view full) British efforts to move toward a new way of supporting their aircraft have involved through-life umbrella maintenance contracts based on availability rather than hours or spares. It is a model that Britain is using for several weapons platforms, and with the recent B-2 bomber contract it is even beginning to take hold in the USA. In recent days, the UK MoD and BAE Systems have taken a pair of steps to extend that model. One step is a recent GBP 74 million contract (currently about $145 million) that introduces the concept to Britain’s fleet of 131 Hawk T Mk.1 trainer aircraft. Tornado maintenance(click to view full) The Hawk-T Mk.1 is currently used at RAF Valley for fast-jet pilot advanced flying training with No 208 {R} Squadron and weapons and tactical training on No 19 {R} Squadron; by No 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming for advanced fast-jet weapons systems officer training and operational support- flying; and RNAS(Royal Naval Air Station) Culdrose which will be added from April 2008. The team will provide fleet and supply chain management, forward and depth maintenance, and technical support. In addition, a spares availability service will be provided to RAF […]

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