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BAE SYSTEMS awarded F3 Foxhunter radar contract

19 Jun 2002

BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support has been awarded an eight year 'power by the hour' contract for the F3 Foxhunter Radar System worth approximately 75 million.

The contract, signed on 14 June 2002, is the first to support a major Tornado system until its out of service date. It involves providing partnered support from all technical support and supply chain aspects.

The contract is a result of the partnering approach developed between the Tornado Integrated Project Team (IPT) within the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), RAF Strike Command, BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support team at Warton and BAE Systems Avionics team at Milton Keynes.

Paul Hartley, Military Air Solutions & Supports (MASS) Air Intercept 24 Project Manager and Bob Phillips, Avionics Customer Support Director, lead the contract on behalf of BAE Systems. Paul said, "Bringing this contract to a satisfactory conclusion introduced significant changes to our approach for developing the solution and the costs associated with it, all to the benefit of the customer. The level of parallel working and information sharing throughout the programme initiated in this phase will continue to be developed during Phase 2."

The support solution developed involves the provision of a one-stop service that will ensure guaranteed availability for all the radar items including technical support, obsolescence and risk.

This is the third contract to be awarded as a result of the work of the Tornado Tiger Team. The first contract, which extended support for GR4 avionic items from five to ten years, was awarded in June 2001 to a value of approximately 45m. The second, which provided a fully innovative partnered approach to repairing major structural items was worth just over 35 million.

"The three contracts combined provide substantial resource savings contributing towards the DLO's 20 per cent cost reduction targets while providing significant business growth for BAE Systems," commented Air Commodore Bryan Schofield, the MoD's Tornado IPT leader.

"The Foxhunter Radar contract paves the way for developing further our partnering relationship with the Tornado IPT in the DLO," commented Nick Kilner, BAE Systems Customer Support Manager for Tornado based at RAF Wyton. "We have proven that through working together we can significantly reduce the expenditure of resource over the length of the contracts through rationalisation and contracts with incentives."

The final proposal in the Tornado Tiger Team pilot phase is for the aircraft's secondary power system, with contract signature due later in the year. This pilot is looking at the new ways of working within the Tri-National forum.

The Tiger Team is now well engaged in planning for Phase 2. Phase 2 will broaden the scope of the programme to other key support areas including new ways of providing technical support and an integrated GR4 on-aircraft maintenance and upgrade programme, whereby modifications and maintenance will be conducted on the aircraft at the same time to drive further efficiencies.

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