The UK Defence Procurement
Agency has awarded BAES a £450 million contract for 28 Hawk
Mk.128 Advanced Jet Trainers for the Royal Air Force and the Royal
Navy. Also covered is the provision of initial spares, support and test
equipment, technical documentation and conversion training for both
pilots and groundcrew.
BAES has submitted a proposal under the Hawk
Integrated Operational Support Programme to support the current RAF
Hawk fleet until the aircraft are taken out of service.
The second batch of Hawk Mk.129s for the Royal
Bahraini Air Force was officially accepted on 10 November 2006. Also
accepted was the complementary training system comprising a fixed base
simulator and avionics part task trainer. The first two (batch one),
aircraft, BT003 and BT004 started flying operations at Shaikh Isa Air
Base on 1 November, achieving 56 flying hours in three weeks.
The South African Air Force (SAAF) formally received its first batch of
eleven Hawk Mk.120s at Makhado Air Force Base close to South Africa's
northern border. Also inaugurated there was a new Hawk Training Centre
at 85 Combat Flying School which operates the Hawks. Co-located is 2
Squadron, the SAAF's fighter unit due to receive Gripens. The total
SAAF Hawk order is for 24 Mk.120s. In December four Mk.120s made the
type's public debut at Cape Town's Africa Aerospace & Defence 2006
exhibition at Ysterplaat Air Force Base. The two Hawks were flown by
SAAF test pilots Major Jannie Scott and Capt Peter Chaplain.
BAES has delivered the 200th T-45 Goshawk fuselage
and wing to Boeing, St Louis. The 200th aircraft is scheduled for
delivery to the USN in March. Orders to date are for 211 aircraft with
a further 12 expected to be ordered in 2007, securing production until
The next generation of flight operation software,
OFP4 (Operational Flight Programme 4) is currently being evaluated in
Hawk Mk.128 development aircraft ZJ951. On a recent flight to the UAE
the system performed flawlessly. This is a very important step towards
the production standard OFP5.
The first of 66 Hawk AJTs (HT001) for India has
flown at Warton with CTP Keith Dennison at the controls. The first 24
are being built at Brough and 42 are to be manufactured under licence
in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd at Bangalore. Delivery of
fuselages, 1,500 tonnes of raw materials, 3,500 tools and 15 million
components is well under way. The first, UK built, aircraft will be
delivered to India in September 2007 and already 40 Indian Air Force
pilots have completed interim pilot training provided by BAES at RAF