BAE Systems and GAMCO to protect Hawks

Talks are on to form a joint venture company that will service and maintain the UAE Air Force's fleet of Hawk fighter planes.

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By  David Ingham Published  December 9, 2003

BAE Systems and GAMCO revealed on Monday that talks on forming a Hawk support joint venture, based in the United Arab Emirates, are at an advanced stage. The new company is being formed to maintain the UAE Air Force's Hawk fleet of 36 aircraft through an arrangement worth tens of millions of dollars a year, the companies said.

"We have been working hard with GAMCO since the IDEX exhibition in March to reach agreement," said BAE Systems' Hawk support director, Alex Findlay. "This will be the first overseas Hawk maintenance joint venture we have set up and shows the high regard we have for GAMCO's capabilities and reputation."

The new centre should start operating before the end of 2004. It will have the capacity to provide support services to other Gulf air forces.

"GAMCO has established itself very well in the civil market," says Saif M.A. Al Mughairy, general manager, GAMCO. "On the other hand, GAMCO has previously maintained military support aircraft, such as the C130 and CASA. Working on the Hawk, which is both a training and a light attack aircraft, moves GAMCO's capabilities closer to support of front line aircraft such as fighters.

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