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Qatar signs for Hawk jet trainers

03 July 2018
Qatar has added nine Hawk trainer aircraft (pictured in Saudi service) to its wider Eurofighter Typhoon procurement contract. Source: BAE Systems

Qatar has added nine BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft to its previously disclosed procurement of Eurofighter Typhoons.

The company announced on 29 June that the emirate has amended the contract it signed in late 2017 for 24 Typhoons to include nine Hawks (previously, it had stated its intention to buy six of the trainers).

Hawk deliveries will commence in 2021, with the first of the Typhoons following in 2022. No financials pertaining to the details of the Hawks were disclosed.

The QEAF’s training fleet comprises six Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets, 24 Pilatus PC-21s, and an unknown number of PAC Super Mushshak basic trainers. While the Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets are well suited to the role of training pilots for its current Dassault Mirage 2000s, the Hawk has been developed to more closely reflect the challenges or operating a modern 4+ Generation fighter, such as those now being procured.

As well as supporting pilot training for the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s (QEAF’s) 24 new Typhoons, the Hawks will also be used to train crews for the service’s 36 new Dassault Rafales and Boeing F-15QA (Qatar Advanced)-variant Eagles.

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