Sustralian Defence has partnered with CAE to provide comprehensive support and training for the Royal Australian Air force’s (RAAF) Hawk MK127 training system.

Valued at approximately AU$14.5m over a 4.5 year period, the contract with CAE will see 9 new jobs created, 3 at RAAF Base Pearce and 6 at RAAF Base Williamtown.

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP has announced the in-service support contract for RAAF’s Full Mission Simulators acquired under Project Air 5348.

‘This contract will see CAE provide classroom and simulator instructors at RAAF Base Williamtown as well as maintenance and support services at both RAAF Base Pearce and Williamtown,’ Minister Pyne said.

‘The Hawk Mk127 Full Mission Simulators all feature a high-fidelity replica of the Hawk Mk127 cockpit and will play a vital role in preparing fast-jet air crews for the RAAF next generation fighter aircraft.’

The in-service support contract was awarded under a contract change proposal to the existing Australian Defence Force Simulator Through Life Support In-Service Support contract with CAE.

There will be a phase-in period for CAE while the full mission simulators become operational during the first half of 2017.