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BAE Systems is ready now to provide the U.S. Air Force with the best trained combat pilots.  The Hawk Advanced Jet Training System is the world leader in combat pilot training, providing air forces around the world with tailored systems and state of the art aircraft. With a customizable avionics suite to facilitate lead-in training for both 4th and 5th generation aircraft, Hawk AJTS continues to be the combat pilot training system that is breaking ground in the air.  


Hawk AJTS: An evolution in pilot training


Hawk AJTS is the world’s only fully integrated off-the-shelf system in service today and can be uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force. The system effectively integrates live and synthetic air and ground based elements to successfully train pilots for the worlds most advanced front line aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

Hawk AJTS: An Evolution in Pilot Training


The Hawk AJTS state-of-the-art air training system is affordable, low-risk, and in service now, demonstrating affordable life-cycle costs.

Three Key Components:

  1. A proven aircraft that can adapt, evolve and deliver the live element of training for a range of end-user requirements and front-line platforms.
  2. A Ground Based Training System (GBTS) that delivers the right training at the right time through a blended live, virtual and constructive environment.
  3. An Open Architecture that permits seamless operations and information flow throughout the entire training system.

The Aircraft



The Hawk is the future F-35 lead-in trainer for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Air Force, Canadian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.  Almost 1,000 Hawk aircraft have been sold to 18 air forces around the world, with more than 3.5 million flying hours logged.


Breaking Ground in the Air





Chronology of news

FL— BAE Systems is demonstrating how the concept of Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) can be practiced by the United States Air Force’s T-X Trainer program using its Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS).


Inc. announced today that two UK Royal Air Force Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers will

Virginia — BAE Systems

rather than housed in separate
The advantages are obvious: The crews are “at home” while training

Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft
Rolls-Royce joins BAE Systems’ Hawk AJTS team to pursue U.S. Air Force T-X contract
12 September 2013
Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft

PARIS: BAE and Northrop to announce T-X production location before year’s end
21 June 2013
BAE Systems and partner Northrop Grumman are set to announce where they intend to build the Hawk jet trainer for the US Air Force's T-X advanced jet trainer replacement programme before the end of the year

Hawk AJTS Family of Systems
BAE Pushes Its T-X Bird At Paris Show; Gen. Welsh Tells DC ‘We’re On Track’
19 June 2013
“We’re on track… to have a new trainer by 2023 or ’24

Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft
RFI Response submitted
09 November 2012
BAE Systems and our Hawk AJTS T-X Team are pleased to respond to your request for information...we have designed an offering we believe meets your stated desire for a low cost and proven non-developmental item solution.

BAE Systems selects L-3 Link to Pursue U.S. Air Force T-X Contract
13 January 2012

L-3 Link Simulation & Training Joins BAE Systems Hawk AJTS Team to Pursue U.S. Air Force T-X Contract
12 January 2012

Indian Hawk Mk 132
Hawk's Eye View
28 November 2011
Training and simulation advances have been revolutionary since the U.S. Air Force bought its T-38s starting in the 1960s. With an average age of 43.5 years

The interior of the new BAE Systems, Inc. Hawk AJTS demonstration trailer
Distributed Mission Operations Demonstrated in Preparation for T-X Trainer Competition
28 November 2011

Simulation & Training: Expecting the Unexpected
01 November 2011

Hawk in flight
Hawk AJT – Potential T-38C Talon Replacement?
26 October 2011
The Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) is the perfect replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s aging T-38 Talon

The interior of the new BAE Systems, Inc. Hawk AJTS demonstration trailer
Wings over Houston Air Show headed for Ellington Field Oct. 15-16
14 October 2011
The Wings Over Houston Air Show is set to soar across the skies above Ellington Field Oct. 15-16.
Air shows guests will have a chance to see the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS)

Indian Hawk Mk 132
Visitors fly in
02 October 2011
over Sheppard Air Force Base

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01 October 2011
Northrop Grumman team for U.S. Air Force T-X program

BAE Systems' Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer
New Hawk AJT makes first appearance at U.S. Air Force air shows
29 September 2011

RAF Valley Hawk TMK2 fighter jets bring virtual battlezone to skies
23 September 2011
A £17M fighter jet that will create a “virtual battlezone” in the sky is revolutionising the way pilots are trained at RAF Valley.

The Hawk TMK2 is now in the process of replacing the existing Hawks at the Anglesey airbase – with state-of-the-art simulated technology bringing warfare into the cockpit.

Pictures of the day: 22 September 2011
22 September 2011
This is the RAF's new Hawk AJT aircraft

Hawk AJT cockpit
Bandits at six o' clock! But the enemies attacking the RAF over Britain are virtual - and so are the 'guns' they're firing back
22 September 2011
If you see an RAF pilot in a supersonic Hawk jet diving and rolling as if he's being attacked by invisible enemies

Hawk Lead-In Fighter taxiing in front of hangar, New South Wales
BAE Systems teams with Northrop on T-X
19 September 2011
BAE Systems announced Monday that Northrop Grumman will be its “manufacturing lead” on the jet trainer it wants to build for the Air Force’s T-X program

BAE Systems' Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer
Northrop Grumman Partners with BAE Systems
19 September 2011
Inc. to Pursue U.S. Air Force T-X Contract

The interior of the new BAE Systems, Inc. Hawk AJTS demonstration trailer
BAE Systems launches roadshow for trainer program contender
13 September 2011
BAE Systems launched what conceivably is a strategic maneuver to score accolades for the aircraft that will eventually be pitched to the Air Force under a multi-billion program: A national roadshow for its Hawk jet training system.

Training Twofer: Embedded Training Doubles the Value of Platforms
10 February 2011
As the complexity of electronics climbs exponentially

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The Hawk AJTS Team


BAE Systems has strategically partnered with companies that are leaders in their respective fields; Northrop Grumman in aircraft manufacturing, L-3 Link in ground based training and simulation, and Rolls-Royce in defense aero-engine products.  Together, the Hawk AJTS Team has over 160 years of pilot training experience and has built more than 2,500 training aircraft worldwide, more than any other T-X industry team.  With the T-X competition slated to officially begin in 2014, the BAE Systems T-X Campaign team and partners remain dedicated to maintaining their position at the forefront of this competition. 


BAE Systems

BAE Systems has a long history of pioneering developments in aviation. From manufacturing the famous Spitfire and its predecessors to developing the world’s first operational STOVL aircraft, the company has remained an innovator in aviation for almost a century. BAE Systems has manufactured almost 1,000 Hawks in service now with 18 air forces around the world.  With over 3.5 million flying hours logged, BAE Systems is able to present the U.S. Air Force with a proven, low-risk solution to ensure safe, cost effective pilot training.


Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has a long history of success in designing and producing complex aircraft and aircraft components, having delivered products across a wide spectrum of capabilities- from the world’s first supersonic trainer, T-38 Talon, to state-of-the-art, advanced aircraft like Global Hawk, B-2 stealth bomber and the F-35 Lightning II.  The company has extensive aircraft manufacturing experience as the original equipment manufacturer of the T-38 Talon, which has trained more than 72,000 pilots. The company’s performance manufacturing the Talon is unmatched – every T-38 was delivered on time, at or below contract price, and with the promised performance.  Additionally, Northrop Grumman has extensive training experience, having instructed thousands of warfighters and commanders from multiple locations around the globe. Northrop Grumman brings its experience and customer commitment to the Hawk AJTS Team.



For over 80 years L-3’s Link Simulation & Training division has been a leader in pilot training. From training over 500,000 Allied airmen during WWII to being the world leader in the number of modern fighter simulators in operation today, the company specializes in training solutions that produce highly-skilled aviators. Today, L-3 Link is applying modern technologies and training methods, transforming how training is conducted. Students access training content anytime, anywhere through the delivery of on-demand, immersive and adaptive learning materials, allowing training to be tailored for each student. L-3 Link’s innovative approach increases training effectiveness, while lowering costs, and is fully integrated into the HAWK AJTS Family of Systems.



Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy. Rolls-Royce is the second largest provider of defense aero-engine products and services globally with 18,000 engines in service of 160 armed forces in 103 countries.

Rolls-Royce engines power aircraft in every major sector including: transport; combat; patrol; trainers; helicopters; and unmanned aerial vehicles. Rolls-Royce powers multiple aircraft in US Air Force fleets, including C-130J, CV-22 and Global Hawk, as well as the US Navy’s T-45 Goshawk training aircraft.

The Adour engine maintains an excellent reliability and operability record. The engine is operated by more than 20 military forces and has accumulated more than 8 million flying hours to date.



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  • The Red Arrows by the Hawk AJT T2 at our stand at Dubai Airshow 2013.
  • Our Chief Test Pilot shows one of the Red Arrows Pilots the Hawk AJT at Dubai Airshow 2013.
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