British Aerospace has secured a £100 million ($166 million) deal from the UK Ministry of Defence to supply replacement forward, centre and rear fuselage sections for the RAF's Hawk trainers.The 80-aircraft Fatigue Life Extension programme was begun after the RAF found a high level of structural fatigue in the trainer.

The company will act as prime contractor, responsible for the design and manufacture of the new fuselages, with RAF St Athan responsible for disassembling the aircraft and returning the fuselage to BAe's Brough site for fitting the new structures.

Source: Flight International