BAE SYSTEMS Awarded 17.1 Million Pound Spare Wing Contract For Finnish Air Force
(Source : BAE Systems ; issued April 5, 2000)


BAE SYSTEMS has been awarded a 17.1 million pound contract to supply 18 Hawk Mk51A standard spare wing sets for the Finnish Air Force.

The wings, to be supplied fully equipped apart from the undercarriage and PCU (Power Control Unit), will be manufactured at the BAE SYSTEMS facility at Brough in East Yorkshire. The first wing will be delivered in August 2001, with the final delivery due in April 2002. Fitting of the wings to the aircraft will be the responsibility of the Finnish Air Force.

BAE SYSTEMS has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with the Finnish Government and industry, dating back to an initial acquisition of Hawk in 1977. This relationship will continue to develop over the life of this latest contract, with new opportunities for Finnish involvement in a range of defence related industrial programmes.

Commenting on the award of the contract Russ Taylor, Hawk Programme Manager, UK and Europe at BAE SYSTEMS said: "This is an excellent example of the growing partnership between BAE SYSTEMS and the Finnish Air Force. This partnership has allowed us to jointly identify the most cost effective way for the Finnish Air Force to maximise the life of their Hawks."

Finland ordered 50 Hawk Mk51s in 1977, followed by a further seven Mk51As in 1990. The aircraft were built under a subcontract agreement by Finnish aerospace company, Patria Finavitec (formerly Valmet). Able to operate in climates ranging from arctic to tropical, Hawk is the world's best selling advanced jet trainer with over 750 aircraft ordered, or selected, by 17 customers world-wide.

BAE SYSTEMS has a long standing relationship with Finland and is actively involved in bids into current Army, Navy and Air Force programmes.

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