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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.
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