The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has received the first Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft from BAE Systems during a ceremony at Adam Air Base in Oman.
A total of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft were ordered by Oman from BAE Systems in December 2012.
Earlier in May, BAE Systems unveiled new Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft for RAFO.
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: Eurofighter Typhoon landing on the runway in Oman. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.