Hawker Pacific has won a four-year contract to support and operate DSTO’s Beech 1900C Defence Experimentation Airborne Platform (DEAP) aircraft, providing engineering design and modification, maintenance, and flight operations services.

The A$5.8 million program will support important strategic capabilities of the ADF in areas of electronic sensor and system testing.

Hawker Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer – Pacific Region, Doug Park, believes the DEAP contract represents an exciting opportunity for Hawker Pacific to further demonstrate the company’s ability to deliver full turn-key operating services on a complex program.

Hawker Pacific’s successful bid represented the best value for money option for the Commonwealth, highlighting the company’s experience and ability to integrate the full range of support services including engineering design, maintenance, airworthiness management and flight services in a highly cost-effective manner.

Hawker Pacific will begin operations with the DEAP 1900C aircraft in June 2012, with two-by-two year extension options to the contract.

The aircraft will be based at the company’s Bankstown engineering and maintenance facility.

As part of DSTO’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISRTB) Test Bed Program, the DEAP aircraft is used in the development and evaluation of multi-sensor system performance and application scenarios across a range of operating environments.

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