Monday, August 7, 2017

Oman receive first batch of BAE Hawk advanced trainer jets

The Royal Air Force of Oman has taken delivery of its first BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft.

The two Mark 166 aircraft arrived at Masirah Air Base on July 29th and will now prepare pilots for life in the cockpit of its fast jet fleet, which now includes the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The aircraft were the first batch of Hawks which will be delivered to the Sultanate over the coming months as part of an order placed in December 2012.

Oman ordered 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and 8 Hawk trainer jets as a part of a $4.1 billion deal, with its traditional defense ally UK.

In May, the first Hawk and Typhoon aircraft were formally presented to the customer at a ceremony held at BAE Systems' Military Air & Information business in the UK.

Hawk is one the world's most proven military aircraft trainer with more than 1,000 having been sold to air forces across the world, delivering the pilots of the future.

Using airborne simulation technology, students are put at the controls of the latest radar, weapons systems and defensive aids simulation technology, providing a unique 'brain training' environment to prepare them for life in the cockpit of new and next generation combat jets like the Typhoon and F-35.