The United Arab Emirates is discussing with British Aerospace the purchase of a possible 12 Hawk 63 advanced jet trainers to supplement the 23 Hawks it has already purchased.

The UAEis likely to buy additional Dassault Mirage 2000s soon, as well as a multi-role/strike aircraft, and an additional purchase of training aircraft has been expected. The air force's flying-training capacity is already stretched.

Jerry Wooding, BAe's regional managing director, says that given the "-growing needs for intermediate and advanced flying training, there is a good prospect for the purchase of additional training aircraft. The aircraft is the best in its class, the customer is happy and, I believe, ready to buy additional aircraft", he says.

Source: Flight International