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About the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System

The Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) goes beyond flying an aircraft by teaching student pilots how to address the critical flow of information, learn to interpret it correctly, and make the right decisions to maintain the technological advantage.

The Hawk Family of Systems is an Integrated Training System comprising three key components critical to effective advanced jet training and the goal of providing fully trained pilots:

  • A Ground-Based Training System (GBTS) that delivers the right skills and knowledge;
  • 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; and
  • A flexible and adaptable software system that provides daily flight, system and student scheduling and training administration support.
  • The Hawk’s simplicity of design and construction, careful selection of equipment plus enhanced reliability and maintainability together result in a fully optimized fast jet training system that is low risk, in-service and has demonstrated affordable life-cycle cost.

It is clear why the Hawk AJTS is the leading provider of fast jet training systems worldwide, training pilots for the future –  today.

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Aircraft Specs


  • Crew: 2; student, instructor
  • Length: 40 FT 9 IN
  • Wingspan: 32 FT 7 IN
  • Height: 13 FT 1 IN
  • Wing Area: 179.64 FT2
  • Empty Weight: 9,880 LB
  • Useful Load: 6,600 LB
  • Powerplant: 1X Rolls-Royce Adour MK. 951 Turbofan with FADEC, 6,500 LBF


  • Maximum Speed: 630 MPH at Altitude
  • Range: 1,360 NM, 1,565 mi
  • Service ceiling: 44,500 FT
  • Rate of climb: 9,300 FT/MIN

Hawk’s Adour Mk 951 Engine

The Hawk’s proven-safe single-engine design reduces engine maintenance costs by 50%, with similar fuel savings over the system life cycle.


Ground Based Training System

The Hawk AJTS offers ground-based education and training via a variety of ground training devices and live and/or virtual teaching methods.  Once a comprehensive Training Needs Analysis (TNA) has been completed, the most effective mix of the following Ground-Based Training System (GBTS) elements can be decided upon:

  • Instrument Flight Simulator, Full Flight Simulator and/or Full Mission Simulator
  • Desk-top Training Devices / Individual Learning Devices, including virtual instruction
  • Cockpit Procedures Training Devices
  • Avionics Part Task Training Devices
  • Mission Support System and Mission Planning Trainers
  • Computer Based Training and Courseware
  • Brief / Debrief Systems
  • Training Management Information System
  • Distributed /Distance Learning System, including IT Networks

Fully integrated with a capable air platform and a flexible, adaptable software system, the Hawk’s sophisticated GBTS provides the most advanced jet training available today.

Enterprise Learning Architecture

The Hawk AJTS is designed for change, providing an inherent flexibility to respond quickly to shifting requirements, syllabi, courseware, or technological developments that are necessary to keep pace with and to lead the challenges that the future will bring.

The fully integrated Hawk AJTS makes optimum use of common software, hardware and computer systems, components, and databases, resulting in a system that is cost-effective to build, maintain and update and that presents a consistent training interface to students and instructors.  It makes full use of the training aircraft Operational Flight Program (OFP) in the air and on the ground.  An integrated system is not a static “build and forget” solution, but rather one that undergoes continuous improvement through cycles of evolution.

Updates to the Operational Flight Program (OFP) software can be quickly dispatched and loaded to all elements – aircraft, simulator, desk top trainer, etc – at the same time with no latency or inconsistency between aircraft and simulator devices, ensuring that the right training is delivered at the right time, even as training and operational demands vary.


In-Flight Training Capabilities

Sensor Simulation

The sensor simulation capabilities are based around an on-board hosted training environment in both the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.

Within each aircraft environment, there are 3 types of entities:

  1. Ground entities; Surface-to-Air Missile Sites, Anti-Air Radar Sites, and other ground based targets such as tanks;
  2. Airborne synthetic entities;
  3. Airborne “real” entities where the position and motion parameters are derived from data received from other co-operating aircraft via a datalink.

The synthetic entities’ motion parameters can be generated, during mission planning, on a suitable ground station and loaded onto the aircraft to mimic situations and hone pilot skills.

Weapons Simulation

The ability to select a variety of simulated weapons allows the pilot to do everything required to operate with real weapons, up to and including simulated weapon release.

Once all the stores have been released they can be “reloaded” again for further practice. This is considered to be a very cost-effective way of training. It no longer requires the training aircraft to be configured with practice weapon carriers and practice weapons; the weapons ground equipment and engineers are not required, there are no time constraints on the weapons; and no facilities are needed to house them.

Radar Simulation

The Radar Simulation function provides a student with displays and controls representative of a modern fast jet radar system such that both the management of the system and assimilation of the information provided can be trained and assessed.

The new open architecture mission computers have the capacity to allow a simulation package to be stored in memory, allowing radar displays on any of the Hawk AJT Multi Function Displays (MFDs) equivalent to front line aircraft displays.

This means that a Hawk AJT aircraft can operate alone for the student to learn initial radar skills and then, combined with the onboard datalink, improve their skills with other real aircraft, virtual aircraft and virtual ground threats. The complexity of missions can be built up so that the student graduates from Hawk AJT with radar management skills equivalent to those expected after operational conversion unit training.

Mission Data Loading and Recording System

The new Mission Data Loading and Recording System (MDLRS) enables the pilots to use a Mission Support System (MSS) to plan their mission including radio frequencies, IFF, waypoints and routes.

It is also used for planning the required scenarios for the mission and choosing the entities (real and virtual) and their behaviors. Once this has been done the mission can be rehearsed on the MSS, or the data downloaded and used in the aircraft, simulator or other Ground Based Training Environments (GBTE).

Hawk’s integrated solution allows for instructors to provide detailed feedback to pilots during and after engagements and, if required, adapt the training scenario in real time to ensure maximum, training value is always obtained.