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Royal Saudi Air Force

British Aerospace Hawk

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The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft.
It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively.
It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft.

Operators of the Hawk include the Royal Air Force (notably the Red Arrows display team) and a considerable number of foreign military operators.
The Hawk is still in production in the UK and under licence in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with over 900 Hawks sold to 18 operators around the world.

Saudi Arabia acquired the Hawk under the Al-Yamamah arms deal with Britain, with a total of 50 Hawk Mk. 65/65As ordered in contracts placed in 1985 and 1994 respectively.
In August 2012, a deal for 22 Hawk ‘Advanced Jet Trainers’ worth approximately $800 million was announced.
The AJTs would replace older models of Hawks in the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) inventory.
The Hawk is flown by the RSAF demonstration team.

In February 2016 it emerged that Saudi Arabia had doubled the number of Hawk AJT aircraft it had ordered from BAE Systems, with an order for a further 22.
This was revealed in the company’s preliminary annual report for 2015; “We reached agreement with the Saudi customer for the provision of a further 22 Hawk AJT aircraft, associated ground equipment, and training aids for the RSAF which form part of an enhancement to the Kingdom’s training capacity.”
Once in service, the Hawk AJTs will complete the replacement of the earlier Mk 65 and Mk 65A platforms.
22 of these Hawks are to be assembled locally in Saudi Arabia, the first of which was completed in March 2019.

The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft.
It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively.
It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft.

Operators of the Hawk include the Royal Air Force (notably the Red Arrows display team) and a considerable number of foreign military operators.
The Hawk is still in production in the UK and under licence in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with over 900 Hawks sold to 18 operators around the world.

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Last update: 3 May 2020