BAE Systems Launches U.S. Air Force Jet Trainer Replacement

ARLINGTON, Vir­ginia — BAE Sys­tems announced today that it will pur­sue the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Train­ing Fam­i­ly of Sys­tems with the world’s most advanced and suc­cess­ful fast jet train­ing sys­tem, the proven Hawk Advanced Jet Train­ing Sys­tem.

Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer
Hawk Advanced Jet Train­er
Source: BAE Sys­tems
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BAE Sys­tems is well posi­tioned to com­pete for the USAF Advanced Pilot Train­ing (APT) Fam­i­ly of Sys­tems (FOS) — com­mon­ly called the T‑X sys­tem — and to pro­vide the train­ing sys­tem for the next gen­er­a­tion of oper­a­tional pilots. BAE Sys­tems has an off-the-shelf solu­tion that is the only ful­ly opti­mized jet train­er that is low risk, in-ser­vice and has demon­strat­ed afford­able life-cycle cost. 

“As the pre­mier provider of fast jet train­ing sys­tems world­wide — BAE Sys­tems is train­ing for the future now,” said Lar­ry Pri­or, Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Ser­vice Sec­tors for BAE Sys­tems. “BAE Sys­tems will prime this pur­suit from its U.S. busi­ness and lever­age its exten­sive expe­ri­ence and high­ly rel­e­vant glob­al capa­bil­i­ties to offer the most advanced fam­i­ly of sys­tems avail­able now to replace the aging T‑38 train­ing sys­tem. We will pur­sue strate­gic part­ners in the U.S. to pro­vide best val­ue to the U.S. Air Force while invest­ing in the U.S. indus­tri­al base.” 

The BAE Sys­tems Hawk Advanced Jet Train­ing Sys­tem is a true sys­tem that ful­ly inte­grates live jet train­ing with a high-fideli­ty vir­tu­al envi­ron­ment to sup­port the devel­op­ment of pilots. The Hawk Advanced Jet Train­ing Sys­tem is more than just the air­craft. The sys­tem deliv­ers advanced air­craft avion­ics, a ful­ly inte­grat­ed train­ing envi­ron­ment, instruc­tor debrief fea­tures and oth­er front line capa­bil­i­ties that deliv­er the best train­ing to pilots. 

The sophis­ti­cat­ed BAE Sys­tems Hawk Advanced Jet Train­ing Sys­tem enables pilots to train effec­tive­ly in a syn­thet­ic envi­ron­ment and allows them to train in the same way they fight, includ­ing mul­ti-engage­ment sce­nar­ios, com­plex com­bat sit­u­a­tions, inter­cepts, data-link oper­a­tions and the use of syn­thet­ic sen­sors. War­fare of the future is not just about fly­ing the air­craft, but about under­stand­ing, pro­cess­ing and react­ing cor­rect­ly to the quan­ti­ty of infor­ma­tion avail­able in the cockpit. 

The Hawk Advanced Jet Train­ing Sys­tem does not require devel­op­ment to meet the Air Force’s desired 2017 Ini­tial Oper­a­tional Capa­bil­i­ty date, and it will sub­stan­tial­ly low­er the total cost of train­ing mis­sion-ready pilots. 

The Hawk fam­i­ly is the F‑35 lead-in train­er for the U.S. Navy, Roy­al Air Force and the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force. More than 900 Hawk air­craft have been deliv­ered across 18 coun­tries and more are on order in sup­port of train­ing cur­rent and future pilots. Evolved from a sys­tem that has demon­strat­ed more than 2.5 mil­lion fly­ing hours, the BAE Sys­tems Hawk Advanced Jet Train­er is now enter­ing ser­vice with the Roy­al Air Force. BAE Sys­tems brings a proven his­to­ry of lead­ing major avi­a­tion pro­grams, part­ner­ing on front line U.S. air­craft, and devel­op­ing and field­ing train­ers, fight­ers and oth­er air­craft around the world. 

BAE Sys­tems’ Hawk fam­i­ly is the low­est cost ful­ly-inte­grat­ed advanced train­ing sys­tem avail­able now, deliv­er­ing low­er oper­a­tional cost and out­stand­ing main­tain­abil­i­ty. The Hawk fam­i­ly of train­ing sys­tems deliv­ers high­er train­ing effec­tive­ness at low­er cost and has demon­strat­ed afford­able life-cycle cost over time. Hawk’s rugged design has result­ed in an excep­tion­al avail­abil­i­ty rate and low main­te­nance and logis­tics costs, based on his­tor­i­cal main­te­nance records. 

About BAE Systems

BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defense, secu­ri­ty and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The Com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009 BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US $36.2 billion). 

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please contact 

Stephanie Mon­ca­da
Tel: +1 301 838 6179 Mobile: + 1 757 806 8280

Bri­an Roehrkasse
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