19 Facts About BAE Hawk


BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft.

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Operators of the BAE Hawk include the Royal Air Force and several foreign military operators.

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In 1981, a derivative of the BAE Hawk was selected by the United States Navy as their new trainer aircraft.

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The BAE Hawk T2 was considered to be a competitor for the United States Air Force's T-X program to acquire a new trainer fleet, but in February 2015, Northrop Grumman determined the BAE Hawk's shortfalls made it ill-suited for the program requirements and dropped it as their offering.

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BAE Hawk is an advanced 2-seat trainer with a tandem cockpit, a low-mounted cantilever wing and is powered by a single turbofan engine.

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The BAE Hawk has been praised by pilots for its agility, in particular its roll and turn handling.

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In 2016, BAE Systems was developing the so-called 'Advanced Hawk' with a new wing using leading-edge slats, and potentially additional sensors and weapons, a head-mounted display, and a single large-screen display in the forward cockpit.

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The BAE Hawk T1 was the original version used by the RAF, deliveries commencing in November 1976.

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The most famous users of the BAE Hawk are the Red Arrows aerobatic team, who adopted the plane in 1979.

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BAE Hawk subsequently replaced the English Electric Canberra for target towing duties.

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In Canada, the BAE Hawk – designated as the CT-155 BAE Hawk – is used to train pilots for front-line fighter aircraft.

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In 2011, the IAF was reportedly unhappy with the provision of spare components; In December 2011, BAE Hawk received a contract to provide India with spares and ground support.

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In February 2016, it was announced that Indonesia's BAE Hawk fleet was set to receive a new radar warning receiver self-defense system, aiding the type's use in light attack operations.

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In July 1982, at least one BAE Hawk was destroyed on the ground and three more heavily damaged during a dissident attack on Thornhill air base, Gweru.

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On 13 January 2005, the first locally assembled BAE Hawk conducted its first flight; it belonged to a batch of 24 trainers ordered by the SAAF.

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BAE Hawk T1 was the original version of the BAE Hawk used by the RAF, deliveries commencing in November 1976.

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BAE Hawk 50 was the original export trainer version, and offered a limited attack capability.

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The BAE Hawk 127 is operated by the RAAF's No 76 Squadron and No 79 Squadron which are based at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce respectively.

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BAE Hawk 200 is a single-seat, lightweight multi-role combat aircraft for air defence, air-denial, anti-shipping, interdiction, close air support, and ground attack.

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