Contract boost for Fylde workers

Hawk is assembled at BAE Systems, Warton

Hawk is assembled at BAE Systems, Warton

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FYLDE aerospace workers have clinched a new £24m contract.

BAE Systems has been awarded a 12-month contract extension from the Ministry of Defence to support and maintain the UK’s fleet of Hawk TMk1 jet trainer aircraft.

The project is managed from the company’s Warton base.

In December, 2010, BAE announced 668 potential job losses at the Warton site due to the implications of the governments Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) – in particular the impact on the Harrier and Nimrod programmes.

The company currently employs 11,500 people at its factories in Warton and Samlesbury.

A spokeswoman for BAE said: “The contract will not necessarily create jobs at Warton.

“But it will mean maintaining the status quo.”

Under the Hawk Integrated Operational Support contract, BAE is responsible for ensuring the TMk1 training aircraft are available to carry out agreed levels of training sorties.

This extension to the contract will see a continuation of the support currently delivered by BAE for flight line operations, providing fleet and supply chain management, forward and depth maintenance and technical support and is a continuation to the original four year contract awarded in 2007.

Martin Rushton, senior vice president of training solutions and services said: “This extension builds upon the successful delivery against the existing contract.

“By continually exceeding the agreed availability rate of 95 per cent we have proven we can meet the MOD’s targets to ensure aircraft are available to complete their required level of sorties, at an affordable price”.

More than 900 Hawks have been sold, or are on order, and the aircraft is currently helping produce highly trained pilots across 25 countries worldwide.