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BAE Systems delivers RAAF Hornets ahead of schedule

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A pair of RAAF F/A-18 Hornets.

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA (BNS): BAE Systems has recently delivered the two most recent F/A-18 Hornets under the RAAF’s Deeper Maintenance Support Contract ahead of schedule and under budget.

The BAE Systems Australia Fast Jet Support maintenance team and partner L-3 MAS Canada delivered the first Hornet three working days ahead of schedule, followed by the second Hornet being delivered ten working days early at its Williamtown facility.

The Company, in co-operation with the DMO’s Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office, is implementing the Smart Maintenance concept as part of Defence’s Strategic Reform Program (SRP).

"Air Force appreciates the endeavours and achievements of BAE Systems in supporting SRP," Commander of the RAAF Air Combat Group Air Commodore Mel Hupfeld, was quoted as saying in a BAE Systems news release.

BAE Systems’ Aerospace Business Unit began introducing ‘Lean’ processes in 2009 and these recent successes reflect a continuing improvement in aircraft availability and reduced cost.

"We have worked very hard at every level — from the technicians on the line to our lead management team — to achieve the Commonwealth’s SRP objectives," added Director Aerospace John Monaghan.

Since 2009, BAE Systems and partner L-3 MAS Canada have provided deeper maintenance and modification support for all 71 Australian F/A-18 Hornet fighters.

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