Warton, United Kingdom — BAE Systems welcomes the news that the US Navy has celebrated the major milestone of completing over 1 million flying hours in the T‑45 Goshawk, part of the BAE Systems’ Hawk family. The T‑45 plays a unique role as it is the only jet trainer in the world designed to operate from an aircraft carrier, another great demonstration of the flexibility of the Hawk aircraft.
|T‑45 Goshawk Jet Trainer|
Has now completed over 1 million flying hours.
From sites in the UK, BAE Systems provided the rear and centre fuselage sections, wing assembly and vertical tails for the T‑45 Goshawk aircraft. Working in partnership with Boeing, BAE Systems continues to provide engineering, logistics and support equipment to the US Navy for their fleet of 221 aircraft.
Martin Rushton, managing director for BAE Systems’ Air Sector Training Business said: “BAE Systems is proud of its role on the T‑45 programme, and of the training aircraft capability that we have brought to bear in support of our partnership with Boeing. The T‑45 Goshawk plays a key part in the overall training system for the US Navy and it is great to see that the aircraft continues to perform so well.”
Greg Dunn, T‑45 programme manager for Boeing added: “Our support of the T‑45 fleet continues with affordable upgrades and supply chain solutions. The team understands the importance of maximising readiness and safety for the Navy so that aspiring aviators and flight officers are able to climb into a T‑45 and take to the sky.”
The provision of training systems is a key part of BAE Systems readiness and sustainment capabilities and a total of 221 T‑45 aircraft have been delivered to the US Navy.
Over 900 BAE Systems Hawk aircraft have been sold, or are on order, and the aircraft is currently helping produce highly trained pilots across 25 countries worldwide. The Hawk produces less noise and has lower acquisition, operating and support costs than any other advanced jet trainer.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence, 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).
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