BAE Systems has successfully completed the first flight of Advanced Hawk trainer aircraft at its Warton, Lancashire facility on June 7.
The Advanced Hawk is being developed by BAE Systems in collaboration with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Earlier this year, the demonstrator aircraft was showcased at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore, India.
Key upgrades include a new, large area display inside the cockpit and the integration of BAE LiteHUD head-up display that introduces a new student/pilot training experience.
Other major upgrade is the redesigned wing which is claimed to increase the jet trainer’s performance in areas such as turn rates, angles of attack, and both take-off and landing. It also will enable the Hawk to carry an increased range of weapons. The Advanced Hawk would also have new defensive aids systems to support potential low intensity combat operations, .
BAE Systems Defence Information, Training and Services managing director Steve Timms 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.
It will now undergo a series of flights to collect test data on the new key capability enhancements, according to the statement.
Source: BAE Systems