VIDEO: RAF puts Hawk T2 through its paces

Thanks to the good folks at the Royal Air Force’s 4 Sqn for putting together a punchy video showing their Hawk T2 advanced jet trainer in action.

There’s some nice footage of the aircraft being put through its paces from the unit’s Valley home on Anglesey in locations including the nearby Pembrey Range and in the stunning Lake District. It’s a good watch on what is another snowy day outside Flightglobal’s editorial office near London, and a reminder – were it needed – that life doesn’t get much better than doing 450kt down on the deck.

BAE Systems has had a good last few months with its new-generation Hawk, with 4 Sqn now training ab initio students for the RAF, and Saudi Arabia and Oman having signed deals for 22 and eight T2-derived examples, respectively. The big prize, however, will be chasing the US Air Force’s pending T-X requirement to replace a massive fleet of Northrop T-38 Talons.

Teamed with companies including Northrop Grumman, BAE should face competition from rivals including the Alenia Aermacchi/General Dynamics T-100 Integrated Training System (maybe they should be careful with a potentially awkward acronym with that derivative of the M-346), Lockheed Martin with the Korea Aerospace Industries T-50, and probably a clean-sheet design from Boeing. Looks like being an epic battle once the USAF eventually launches a contest.


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