BAE Brings New Hawk
Jet Trainer Aircraft To U.S. Air Force Air Shows
By Eddy Metcalf
September 29, 2011 - BAE Systems, Inc. announced that
two UK Royal Air Force Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers will,
for the first time, demonstrate the new Hawk’s advanced
capabilities at U.S. Air Force bases across the country.
The Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) is the most
technologically sophisticated version of the successful
trainer. More than 900 Hawk aircraft have been sold to
date across 18 countries and the aircraft is currently
helping produce highly trained pilots around the world.
The Hawk has been selected to be the future lead-in advanced jet trainer for the F-35 for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, the UK, Canada, and Australia. USAF Hawk AJTS aircraft will be manufactured and delivered in the United States.
forward to demonstrating the combined capabilities of the Hawk
aircraft and associated ground based training systems to the
U.S. Air Force and the public at large,” said Robert Wood, Vice
President and lead of the U.S. Hawk Advanced Jet Training System
AJTS offering for the U.S. Air Force will be a new variant of
the aircraft with avionics and capabilities uniquely tailored to
meet future USAF requirements. The current design continues to
be the most capable and cost-effective advanced jet trainer
in service, in production and in demand, teaching modern air
combat skills for today and tomorrow.”
aircraft will complement the Hawk AJTS National Road Show, a
travelling exhibit that includes video, simulations and
interactive demonstrations illustrating the unique features of
the integrated training system. BAE Systems, Inc. is offering
the Hawk AJTS as the replacement for the aging T-38 trainer, as
part of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. BAE Systems, Inc.
announced last week that it will prime this pursuit and Northrop
Grumman will serve as the manufacturing partner for the new Hawk
planes to the United States will allow U.S. Air Force personnel to
experience hands-on the sophisticated capabilities of the Hawk AJTS and
underlines BAE Systems, Inc.’s commitment to meeting the U.S. Air
Force’s training objectives. The Hawk aerial display demonstrates the
off-the-shelf availability of a proven Advanced Jet Training System.
The Hawk AJTS
cost-effectively trains pilots of next generation aircraft like the F-35
Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, and the Typhoon. Using synthetic avionics the
Hawk can emulate expensive sensor suites and cockpit displays, such as a
fully-functioning radar. The system provides pilots unmatched airborne
situational awareness and a suite of air-to-air and air-to-ground
weapons training tools.
The Hawks also
feature advanced data-link systems, night vision imaging capability, and
8G turning performance, and can have an air-to-air refueling capability.
A proven, safe, trainer that is ready now, the Hawk AJTS is a perfect
fit for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
Advanced Phase Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction
to Fighter Fundamentals.
The two Hawk aircraft and the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System Demonstration Trailer will be on display at the following locations on the following dates:
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