A pair of Hawk T2 aircraft from the RAF’s IV Squadron undertook a series of planned exercises in high temperatures to showcase the Hawk advanced jet trainer’s capabilities in testing hot weather conditions.
The demonstration included low level sorties and extended taxiing designed to exacerbate the temperature and prove Hawk’s ability to operate in conditions typically found in the summer months in the Gulf.
Peter Kosogorin, a Hawk and Typhoon test pilot from BAE Systems Flight Operations, said: “We were exceptionally well supported by the team from the RAF’s IV Squadron which enabled us to carry out all the necessary exercises to demonstrate Hawk’s capabilities.
“Not only were we able to show Hawk is capable of carrying out all the necessary exercises at high temperatures, the support team from the RAF consistently turned the aircraft around in under 40 minutes demonstrating its flexibility and efficiency.”
The Hawk is operated by several air forces in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia and Oman use it to prepare their Typhoon pilots and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait have the aircraft as part of their training pipelines.
Source: BAE Systems