BAE Systems has unveiled new Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft for the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).
In December 2012, the Sultanate of Oman placed an order for 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft.
Deliveries of the first aircraft are expected to begin later this year, BAE stated.
BAE Systems Military Air and Information managing director Chris Boardman said: “We believe that Oman has added the most advanced combat jet and proven training aircraft available in the world to its military portfolio.
“We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Defence as deliveries of the first aircraft begin.”
The Eurofighter Typhoon is an advanced multi-role combat aircraft that can be deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict.
This advanced swing-role combat aircraft can provide simultaneously deployable air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities and is currently in service with six customers across 20 operational units. The aircraft has been ordered by two more buyers.
Hawk is the lead-in fast jet trainer aircraft that has been delivered to 18 international customers so far.
A total of 1,020 Hawk aircraft have been sold or are in order around the globe, according to the company.
Its cockpit is equipped with a data transfer capability interface with ground-based mission planning and debriefing systems. This allows accurate and timely mission planning, briefing, rehearsals, and mission execution and debriefs, which are linked to a student’s training management system.
The trainer aircraft's heads-up display and full-colour multi-functional displays are supported by the latest generation mission computers.
BAE said that the aircraft has hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) cockpit controls with a non-fly-by-wire flight control system to give the student a real feel of handling a fast jet.
Image: Typhoon and Hawk aircraft for the Sultanate of Oman. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.