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UK-Qatar Hawk squadron spreads its wings
BAE Systems has been awarded a six-year contract to deliver support and training to a new joint UK-Qatar Hawk squadron.
BAE will provide qualified flying instructors as part of this contract, delivering both live and synthetic training to Qatari Emeri Air Force (QEAF) and RAF pilots.
The joint training squadron was first announced in October 2020, following the formation of a joint Eurofighter Typhoon squadron in July 2018.
The purchase took place during 2017, as Qatar faced a blockade by four Arab states and undertook a military build-up. Relations have since improved between the states and in January 2021 the embargo was lifted.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer is the latest version of what is claimed to be the world’s most widely used advanced jet trainer.
Almost 1,000 Hawks are in operational service with or have been ordered by 18 customers worldwide.
On completion of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the T-7A trainer aircraft programme for the USAF, Saab will undertake production of aft airframe sections as its new US facility.
A two-year trial of Velis Electro aircraft will begin in September at the Danish Armed Forces Flying School in Karup.
A US Government Accountability Office report highlights a number of shortfalls in how the US Army and US Marine Corps conducts driver training.
Industry will help research and facilitate distributed learning standards for DoD.
It has been a while since KAI received any orders for the T-50 jet, but a couple of deals are on the cards.