The maximum level speed of the Hawk is over 1000 km/h and the aircraft can attain supersonic speed (M1.2) in a dive. The Royal Air Force bought 175 Hawk Mk T1 aircraft in the late 70's. RAF Hawks are used in advanced jet and weapons training. US Navy and USMC train pilots with a T-45 Goshawk derivative of the basic BAe Hawk. Other user countries include Brunei, Finland, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and United Arab Emirates.In the current RAF training programme, the Hawk T1 is the first jet aircraft that a student pilot will fly. An advanced, and very successful trainer, Hawk is used to teach operational tactics, air-to-air and air-to-ground firing, air combat and low-level operating procedures. To supplement the Tornado F3 force, a number of Hawk T1A advanced trainers have an additional task as point defence fighters. In this role, the aircraft carry two Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and a 30mm Aden cannon. The RAF's Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, operate the Hawk T1A, and in time of war or crisis would also carry out the point defence fighter role.
|Country of Origin||UK|
|Similar Aircraft||Alpha Jet, M.B.326, AMX, F-5 Freedom Fighter|
|Wing Span||31 ft (9.42 m)|
|Length||39 ft (11.94 m)|
|Engine||One Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 151 turbofan of 5,200lb st.|
|Maximum speed||622mph (1,000km/h) at sea level|
|User Countries||Brunei, Finland, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA (T-45 Goshawk).|