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THE HAWK TURNS 30

THIRTY YEARS ago this month, a red-and-white-painted Hawk took to the skies over Britain. Today this aircraft has become one of the most successful, and by far the most successful jet trainer. With nearly 850 orders and 1.5 million flying hours to its credit, the BAE Systems Hawk has continued to evolve and remains at the forefront of jet trainer technology. This is largely the reason it continues to flourish, with a constant stream of orders flowing in.

The Hawk is a proud symbol of technological and marketing achievement for BAE Systems, and for Britain as a whole. As the

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Pave Hawk report released.

THE DATE FOR the collision of USAF/57th Wing/66th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawks 86-26105/‘WA’ and 91-26359/‘WA’ on Range 64B at Nellis AFB (see Write-Offs, November 1998 and Attrition, April 1999), has now been confirmed after post-crash investigation revealed the estimated time of the incident. Although the two helicopters were not reported missing until 0100hrs on September 4, half-an-hour after they were due to have returned, the collision had occurred at approximately 2132hrs the previous evening, only an hour after they had taken-off at 2030hrs. The wreckage of the two helicopters was recovered to Nellis AFB, where it will be retained until

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Boneyard Ops

A fast jet unit with a difference — Mark Ayton visited the HawkT.1A-equipped 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming, Yorkshire.

SEEING FOURTEEN Hawk aircraft parked on RAF Leeming’s flight line, gleaming in their all-black paint schemes, the author suspected that the day ahead was going to be a busy one for 100 Squadron. A check of the flight schedule in the operations room confirmed that 25 sorties were due to be launched for a variety of missions.

Multi-faceted

Equipped with 18 Hawk T.l A aircraft, 100 Squadron comprises A and B Flight and the Navigation Training Unit (NTU). The Squadron also

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Australian Black Hawk inquiry completed

UPDATING THE previous reports on the collision on June 12, 1996, of Australian Army/5th Avn Rgt S-70A-9 Black Hawks A25-109 and A25-113 (Whte-Offs, August, November 1996 and January 1997), on March 6, 1997, the final findings of the board of inquiry were announced in Parliament, revealing many separate factors which had combined to cause the tragedy. These included undertaking the exercise with no formal reconnaissance and little co-operation between the SAS and Army pilots. No aerial photographs had been supplied and the pre-flight briefing had used an inaccurate diagram, while the pilots flew too low during the exercise and most

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AIRPLANES

AIR TRANSPORT

FDR Found

Indonesian authorities have recovered the flight data recorder (FDR) of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet that crashed there on May 9. The cockpit voice recorder has already been recovered and analyzed, with officials saying there are no indications of a technical fault. The FDR was recovered May 30 around 1 km (0.6 mi.) from the main crash zone in mountainous terrain. Sukhoi says the FDR, now with the Indonesian Investigation Commission of the National Committee for Transport Safety, appears undamaged.

AF447 Final Report

The French air accident investigation office, BEA, will issue its final report

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BAE SYSTEMS RECEIVES FROM INDIA purchase orders 20 additional aircraft HAWK

Company BAE Systems has received a request from India for the purchase of devices and equipment 20 training aircraft Hawk (AJT) to build a factory Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).   Aircraft that will be collected at HAL in Bangalore, will be transferred to the Indian Air Force aerobatic group.   In the event that the deal it will be the third contract for the supply of devices in this country and aircraft equipment for the Hawk Mk132 directly signed the 2004 purchase of 66 aircraft, including the delivery of 24 aircraft off the shelf and 42 aircraft for the

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U.S. Air Force to purchase additional PARTY «Global Hawk»

U.S. Air Force concluded a preparatory agreement with Northrop Grumman for the purchase of 3 additional high-altitude unmanned aerial systems RQ-4 Global Hawk in the amount of 114 million dollars, reports ASDNews November 8. This agreement is preliminary and anticipates the creation of a component of drones, including intelligence equipment, the upgrading of the previously supplied UAVs. Contract is planned to finish in 2015. «The ability of the» Global Hawk «to fly more than 30 hours in a row at a great height to perform reconnaissance missions makes it very useful for the warlords who need information in real time.

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U.S. Air Force to purchase additional PARTY «Global Hawk»

U.S. Air Force concluded a preparatory agreement with Northrop Grumman for the purchase of 3 additional high-altitude unmanned aerial systems RQ-4 Global Hawk in the amount of 114 million dollars, reports ASDNews November 8. This agreement is preliminary and anticipates the creation of a component of drones, including intelligence equipment, the upgrading of the previously supplied UAVs. Contract is planned to finish in 2015. «The ability of the» Global Hawk «to fly more than 30 hours in a row at a great height to perform reconnaissance missions makes it very useful for the warlords who need information in real time.

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NORTHROP GRUMMAN ADVANCE GLOBAL HAWK UAV put WITH THE RAPID COMMUNICATION BACN

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk UAV system with operational communications BACN (attlefield Airborne Communications Node).   Northrop Grumman delivered the modified Global Hawk UAV for four months before the deadline for an additional contract to provide operations of U.S. Central Command.   «Equipping UAV Global Hawk system BACN will allow commanders to ensure the necessary abilities for a flight lasting 30 hours,» said George Guerra (George Guerra), vice president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. «This is important when ground units operate in mountainous areas where terrestrial communications systems do

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The Pentagon canceled the program from Global Hawk Block 30

The U.S. Defense Department announced that it plans to cancel the Global Hawk program from 30 aircraft in favor of Lockheed Martin U-2. The Ministry of Defence made the announcement January 26, 2012 during the review of future spending.

The change will affect the program from Block 30, which is limited to the general difficulty of the unit 21, 14 of which have already been delivered to the Air Force. USAF previously planned to acquire 10 more aircraft under the current draft.

Northrop Grumman announced that disappointed with the decision and the Pentagon plans to cooperate with the military

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