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RAF receive new Hawk training aircraft
« on: July 04, 2009, 01:45:13 PM »
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RAF receive new Hawk training aircraft

An Equipment and Logistics news article
2 Jul 09



The first of the RAF's £450m fleet of 28 new Advanced Jet Trainers, the Hawk T Mk2, arrived at RAF Valley in Anglesey today, Thursday 2 July 2009.

The new Hawk Ts will mean pilots can now train on an aircraft with systems closely compatible with the latest front line jets.

The new aircraft builds on the success of its long-serving predecessor, but benefits from significant enhancement to bridge any gap with the latest front line jets entering service, such as the Typhoon.

Featuring a 'glass' cockpit and the latest advances in radar, weapons and defensive aids simulation, the Hawk T Mk2 is aimed at providing a seamless transition from flying training to operational squadron.

Welcoming the arrival of the first jets at RAF Valley in Wales, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies said:

"Delivery of these aircraft is excellent news for the Royal Air Force and for British industry. Building on the success of the Hawk T Mk1, they will enable our pilots to hone the skills required to fly the latest generation of combat aircraft in a state-of-the-art training environment."

In addition to the realistic in-flight training environment, the new Hawk benefits from simpler design and construction, leading to lower acquisition and support costs. Infrastructure to support the new training regime is currently under construction at RAF Valley by the Ascent Flight Services Consortium, which was awarded the £600m contract to deliver all military pilot training on an incremental basis last summer.

Air Vice-Marshal Baz North, Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, responsible for all RAF training, sang the praises of the aircraft:

"The Hawk has long been the backbone of fast jet training but this new advanced version will be far more representative of the new generation of jets that our trainee pilots will go on to fly on operations. It will provide real benefits in enabling pilots to move more rapidly to full combat readiness."

Initial deliveries of ten aircraft following formal 'release to service' in April will allow six to be used for development of the full training syllabus, prior to the start of pilot training on the new aircraft in 2011.

'Release to service' is a statement that the aircraft is signed off by the RAF as safe to be flown (within specific limitations) by qualified Armed Forces personnel. The 'in service date' is the point in time from which the aircraft will be used for a stated purpose and is set for later this year.

The new aircraft are built at the BAE Systems plant at Brough on North Humberside, which employs around 1,800 people. They are then flown to Warton in Lancashire for painting and flight testing prior to delivery to RAF Valley.


Source: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/EquipmentAndLogistics/RafReceiveNewHawkTrainingAircraft.htm
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Re: RAF receive new Hawk training aircraft
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 06:41:16 PM »
It does not look as good as the old one. But i guess thats what they call progress and the pilots do need the latest in technoligy.
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Re: RAF receive new Hawk training aircraft
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 06:53:09 PM »
Agreed, but it does look better than the Hawk Mk.200 which has the huge nose to house the APG-66.
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Re: RAF receive new Hawk training aircraft
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 09:05:42 PM »
Agreed, but it does look better than the Hawk Mk.200 which has the huge nose to house the APG-66.

The both have to big/long noses.   ;D
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