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Concept Hawk demonstrator aircraft takes to the skies

12 June 2017

BAE Systems’ Advanced Hawk is set to meet requirements for the next generation of fast jet training aircraft, with a new type of pilot display and redesigned wing.

Successful first flight of the Advanced Hawk demonstrator takes place (Credit: BAE Systems)

The Advanced Hawk demonstrator features an upgraded cockpit equipped with BAE Systems’ LiteHUD (a love-profile heads-up display) and a new, large area display that introduces a new student/pilot training experience. It also features a redesigned wing that increases performance in areas such as turn rates, angles of attack and both take-off and landing. 

Other technology advances include increased stores capability, a new set of defensive aids and a range of new flight systems, aimed at ensuring Hawk offers increased operational utility.

The Hawk aircraft has flown for the first time at BAE’s military aircraft facility in Warton, Lancashire. 

Steve Timms, Managing Director Defence Information, Training & Services at BAE Systems said: “The successful first flight of the Advanced Hawk concept demonstrator is the latest step in the aircraft’s development and marks a significant milestone in Hawk’s capability upgrade.
“We already have the world’s leading advanced jet trainer and the new features in Advanced Hawk have been developed after listening to our customers’ views on where fast jet pilot training will go in the future and how we ensure the Hawk continues to meet their requirements.

“By using this demonstrator aircraft we have highlighted to existing users of Hawk that many of the proposed features of an Advanced Hawk, such as the large area display and new wing, could be achievable as upgrades.”

The aircraft will now undergo a series of flights to collect test data on the new key capability enhancements.

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