BAE Systems flies Advanced Hawk aircraft
BAE Systems has successfully completed the first flight of its Advanced Hawk concept demonstrator aircraft at its facility in Warton, Lancashire, the company announced on 7 June.
The aircraft is a concept of a future variant of BAE Systems' Hawk trainer aircraft to meet next generation requirements.
With an upgraded cockpit, the aircraft is equipped with BAE Systems’ LiteHUD low-profile head-up display and a new large area display that introduces a new student/pilot training experience. The trainer aircraft also has increased stores capability, a new set of defensive aids and new flight systems.
The Advanced Hawk also features a redesigned wing that increases performance in areas such as turn rates, angles of attack and both take-off and landing.
BAE Systems is proposing that many of these new features could be achievable as upgrades to the Hawk.
The aircraft will now undergo a series of flights to gather test data on the new key capability enhancements.
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