BAE Systems to supply 22 Hawk AJT aircraft to Saudi Arabia


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BAE Systems has signed a contract with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply further Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft for an undisclosed sum.

Under the terms of the deal, the company will provide the middle-eastern nation with 22 Hawk AJT aircraft, associated ground equipment and training support.

A statement in BAE's Final Results release read: "We reached agreement with the Saudi customer for the provision of a further 22 Hawk aircraft, associated ground equipment, and training aids for the Royal Saudi Air Force, which form part of an enhancement to the kingdom's training capacity."

The latest contract is part of the modernisation programme of the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF) training aircraft fleet and is an extension of an original contract for 22 Hawk AJTs.

All 22 Hawk aircraft are currently in advanced stages of production, with deliveries due to commence later this year. The first aircraft was flown in September last year.

"We reached agreement with the Saudi customer for the provision of a further 22 Hawk aircraft, associated ground equipment, and training aids for the Royal Saudi Air Force."

Powered by a single Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan engine, the Hawk is an advanced trainer aircraft that features the latest in advanced simulation for radar, weapons, and defensive aids training.

Approximately 1,000 jets have been sold or ordered by 18 customers worldwide. These include Finland, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, South Korea, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and the UAE, as well as the UK and the US.

The aircraft are expected to enhance the military capabilities of the nation in the wake of its recently announced decision to support the US-led coalition force's ground operation against ISIS.

The nation alongside Bahrain will contribute troops for a ground operation in Syria.

Last year, of the 18 Typhoon aircraft that were delivered from the company's UK final assembly facility, 12 were delivered to Saudi Arabia.


Image: The aircraft that features the latest in advanced simulation for radar, weapons, and defensive aids training. Photo: courtesy of Adrian Pingstone.