BAE Systems committed to the Hunter
Since 1998, BAE Systems Australia has been a trusted Defence partner in the Hunter region from the base at Williamtown.
The presence is built on their expertise in aircraft sustainment.
The local workforce helps to keep the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) frontline fighter jets in the air.
In more than 15 years, BAE Systems Australia has invested heavily in modern commercial facilities and in building and training a workforce of aerospace technicians, engineers and apprentices that is committed to performance excellence. They have established a culture of continuous improvement, enhancing performance and reducing costs to customers without compromising on safety or quality.
Last year BAE Systems Australia secured a new five-year contract to remain the in-service support provider for the RAAF’s Hawk Lead-In Fighter fleet, with possible extensions out to 2026.
They are already supporting the introduction of the next generation Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) into Australia, developing a model to integrate the aircraft into the environment and sensors to manage corrosion damage more effectively. They are also using this experience and aircraft sustainment expertise to pursue long-term JSF sustainment work at Williamtown, when the aircraft arrives in 2018.
As part of their long-term strategy to diversify their customer base, BAE Systems Australia is also exploring opportunities to expand their newly established commercial aircraft maintenance business at Melbourne Airport into Williamtown.