Finnish Air Force’s Hawk Mk66 Trainers Receive Cockpit Upgrade

10 February 2010 (Last Updated February 10th, 2010 18:30)

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has performed a glass cockpit upgrade of the fleet of BAE Systems Hawk Mk66 advanced jet trainers for the Finnish Air Force. In 2007, the Finnish Air Force had purchased 18 Hawk mk66 aircraft to add to the fleet of its Hawk mk51. Under a contrac

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has performed a glass cockpit upgrade of the fleet of BAE Systems Hawk Mk66 advanced jet trainers for the Finnish Air Force.

In 2007, the Finnish Air Force had purchased 18 Hawk mk66 aircraft to add to the fleet of its Hawk mk51.

Under a contract signed in January 2007 with Partia, CMC has made final deliveries of its integrated glass cockpit 4000 for the avionics upgrade of Hawk mk51 trainers for the air force.

Following the avionics modernisation programme, the air force will have a fleet of 26 upgraded Hawks, consisting of 18 mk66 and eight mk51 advanced trainers.

The current upgrade will increase the quality of flight training, improve the Hawk jet trainers training efficiency and extend the training, currently carried out on Hawk aircraft.

The Hawk core avionics will include CMC's open-architecture mission computer, a wide field of view SparrowHawk head-up display (HUD) and up-front control panel, following the upgrade.

The core avionics will also have two 5in×7in multifunction displays (one in each cockpit), and a HUD repeater for the rear seat instructor in each aircraft.

The avionics suite features mature and proven operational flight programmes, integrating the aircraft sensors, radios and weapons systems to provide a wide range of navigation and mission requirements.