The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has received into the service the first two of eight BAE Systems Hawk Mk 166 advanced jet trainers (AJTs), the government announced on 29 July.
The aircraft arrived from BAE Systems’ Warton production facility at Masirah Air Base on Masirah Island, launching the delivery phase of a contract that was signed in 2012. That GBP2.5 billion (USD3.28 billion) contract covered eight Hawks and 12 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole combat aircraft.
“This first batch of Hawk trainers comes in the context of the high care and attention given by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to the Armed Forces to enhance and develop its combat capabilities in protecting this homeland,” the head of the RAFO, Major General Matar Ben Ali Obeidani said on their arrival, adding, “The Royal Air Force of Oman has been aiming to acquire the latest advanced technology including aircraft and equipment.”
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