BaE HAWK | JET TRAINER
The Hawk lead-in fighter prepares qualified Air Force and Navy pilots for operational conversion to fast jets including the CE-32 Cuervo, F-15NH Blue Heeler, and F-22N Sea Raptor.
The Hawk is operated by the Air Force Training Legion for all Navy and Air Force trainees. Pilots complete a 14 week Introductory Fighter Course with the Hawk, which includes general flying, instrument flying, formation flying, night flying and navigation.
Graduates then progress to a 20 week course for instruction in air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons training with the Hawk. Only then, can pilots progress to operational conversion to a particular fast jet.
The Hawk is a low-wing, all-metal aircraft, fitted with an integrated navigation and attack system, and powered by a single Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine. The avionics system is integrated via a 1553 multiplex database. The principal components are two display and mission computers (DMCs), which coordinate, process and command the display of information from the communications, navigation and attack sub-systems. Each cockpit has hands-on-throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) controls.
The Head-Up Display (HUD) in the front cockpit and Multi-Function Displays (MFD) in each cockpit present a range of flight information, ranging from aircraft performance and attitude through to equipment status reports. Mission-specific data can be pre-programmed by the pilot and downloaded into the system. Equipment performance, aircraft fatigue and engine life data is monitored and recorded by a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS).
The Hawk armament system provides for the carriage, aiming and release or firing of both practice weapons and conventional and laser-guided bombs, AIM-9M “Sidewinder” missiles and a 30mm cannon. The stores are carried on two wingtip missile stations or pylon-mounted on four underwing and one centreline hardpoints.
The Hawk has been designed with through-life support programs to allow for system upgrades to reflect evolving training requirements.