Rolls-Royce Joins BAE Systems’ Hawk AJTS Team to Pursue U.S. Air Force T-X Contract

  Rolls-Royce Joins BAE Systems’ Hawk AJTS Team to Pursue U.S. Air Force T-X

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- September 12, 2013

BAE Systems, Inc. and Rolls-Royce today announced that Rolls-Royce is joining
the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) team as an exclusive partner to
compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. As the engine supplier to BAE
Systems on this pursuit, Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of
the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft.

BAE Systems' Hawk T2 (AJT) powered by Rolls-Royce's Adour Mk951 engine.
(Photo: BAE Systems, Inc.)

BAE Systems' Hawk T2 (AJT) powered by Rolls-Royce's Adour Mk951 engine.
(Photo: BAE Systems, Inc.)

“Rolls-Royce’s extensive propulsion expertise, coupled with their lengthy
relationship with the U.S. Air Force, makes them the perfect choice to
integrate their Adour Mk951 engine in the Hawk AJTS aircraft,” said Robert
Wood, vice president of BAE Systems’ Hawk Advanced Jet Training System team.
“The selection of Rolls-Royce rounds out the Hawk AJTS team as we pursue the
T-X program win.”

Rolls-Royce joins BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and L-3 Link Simulation &
Training as the fourth member of the Hawk AJTS team. The team plans to offer
the Hawk AJTS as the replacement of the T-38 trainer. The Hawk AJTS is
uniquely tailored to meet the training needs of the U.S. Air Force and will be
manufactured in the United States with the involvement of a strong U.S. supply

“We are delighted to join the Hawk AJTS team and bring our decades of
experience to the program,” said Tom Hartmann, senior vice president of
Customer Business at Rolls-Royce Defense. “The Rolls-Royce Adour engine has
demonstrated success with 8.6 million flying hours and 200 engines already in
service within the U.S. Department of Defense, plus hundreds of others in
service around the world. The Hawk AJTS is the affordable, low-risk option,
offering proven performance to the U.S. Air Force.”

The Hawk AJTS effectively integrates live and synthetic air- and ground-based
elements to successfully train pilots for 5th generation fighters such as the
F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor. It is the world’s only
fully-integrated, off-the-shelf system in service today that is ready now to
train U.S. Air Force combat pilots. More than just an aircraft, the Hawk AJTS
teaches student pilots how to address the critical flow of information, learn
to interpret it correctly, and make the right decisions to maintain
operational advantage.

Almost 1,000 Hawk aircraft have been sold across the globe, helping produce
highly trained pilots in 18 countries for newest-generation aircraft such
asTyphoon, F-35 Lightning II, and JAS 39 Gripen. The Hawk aircraft, which is
in active production around the world, is the future lead-in trainer for the
U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35, and for militaries in the U.K., Canada,
and Australia.

About BAE Systems:

BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, a global defense,
aerospace, and security company. BAE Systems, Inc. employs more than 40,000
and delivers a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval
forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology
solutions, and customer support services.

About Rolls-Royce:

Rolls-Royce is a global company, providing integrated power solutions for
customers in civil and defense aerospace, marine, and energy markets.
Rolls-Royce supports customers through a worldwide network of offices,
manufacturing, and service facilities.

Rolls-Royce remains the second largest provider of defense aero-engine
products and services globally with 18,000 engines in the service of 160
customers in 103 countries. Rolls-Royce engines power aircraft in every major
sector including: transport; combat; patrol; trainers; helicopters; and
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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