The first set of wings destined for an aircraft which will train the pilots of future has been delivered by a new Lancashire manufacturing facility.
The wings for the Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT), built by BAE Systems at its site in Samlesbury, will be attached to the first aircraft built for the Royal Saudi Air Force.
Last week, it was delivered to the Hawk final assembly line at the company’s site in Warton, near Preston, where it will be attached to the fuselage of the aircraft early next year.
Peter Goaten, operations manager for the wing line, said the part had been produced at the same time as establishing the wing manufacturing facility. He said: “This achievement is the culmination of many hours of effort by many people, both on the wing line and those who have helped create the new wing line alongside it. “This has involved not only the manufacturing team, but those who were establishing the facilities where the wing sets are now built, the tooling teams and all our suppliers who made sure everything was in place to get this part delivered on time.
“Now the first wing set has been delivered, work is already underway to ensure the remaining sets for further Hawk aircraft are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
The first wing set will be attached to the fuselage at Warton and will then undergo flight testing ahead of its delivery to the RSAF. These aircraft are being delivered by BAE Systems as part of an order for 22 Hawk AJTs from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia placed in May 2012.
Work is also underway at Brough on manufacturing the sub-assemblies for a further eight aircraft for Oman.