Sultanate of Oman announced its decision to purchase 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft in December 2012
By Staff writer
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 4:30 PM
Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has received its first Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft in a ceremony held at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business in the UK.
The Sultanate of Oman announced its decision to purchase 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft in December 2012, believed to be worth up to $2 billion at the time.
Deliveries of the first aircraft are due to begin later this year.
An invited audience of more than 100 delegates witnessed the handover at BAE Systems’ site in Warton, Lancashire, including Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, Oman’s Minister responsible for Defence Affairs (MRDA) and the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani.
The event was followed by a fly-past of a Royal Air Force of Oman Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
Chris Boardman, Managing Director, BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said: BAE Systems has a long and proud history of working in Oman, which has been built over more than half a century. Today’s event represents a further strengthening of that special relationship.
“We believe that, in Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk, Oman has added the most advanced combat jet and proven training aircraft available in the world to its military portfolio. We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Defence as deliveries of the first aircraft begin.”
Original post arabianbusiness.com
Hawk Mk 166 advanced trainer jet
The new Hawk trainers are likely to replace the RAFO fleet of aged Hawk 100s used for training.
BAE targets to commence delivery of both Eurofighter and Hawk to Oman later this year.
Introduced in 1976, Hawk through its numerous variants has been one of the successful trainer aircraft developed. More than 1000 aircraft has been produced since 1974.
The Hawk is an advanced trainer with a two-man tandem cockpit, a low-mounted cantilever wing and is powered by a single turbofan engine.
The aircraft can also configured for light ground and air to air attack roles, by carrying weapons under its four wing weapons stations and one under-fuselage station. source aviationanalysis.net
Specifications (Hawk 128)
Hawk 132 – Image: airrecognition.com
Data from Royal Air Force, BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence
- Crew: 2: student, instructor
- Length: 12.43 m (40 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
- Height: 3.98 m (13 ft 1 in)
- Wing area: 16.70 m2 (179.64 ft2)
- Empty weight: 4,480 kg (9,880 lb)
- Useful load: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 9,100 kg (20,000 lb)
- Powerplant: 1× Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan with FADEC, 29 kN (6,500 lbf) 29 kN
Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan
Adour Mk 951 – Designed for the latest versions of the BAE Hawk and powering the BAE Taranis and Dassault nEUROn UCAV technology demonstrators. The Adour Mk 951 is a more fundamental redesign than the Adour Mk 106, with improved performance (rated at 6,500 lbf (29,000 N) thrust) and up to twice the service life of the 871. It features an all-new fan and combustor, revised HP and LP turbines, and introduces Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). The Mk 951 was certified in 2005. Source wikiwand.com
- Maximum speed: Mach 0.84 (1,028 km/h, 638 mph) at altitude
- Range: 2,520 km (1,360 nmi, 1,565 mi)
- Service ceiling: 13,565 m (44,500 ft)
- Rate of climb: 47 m/s (9,300 ft/min)
- Thrust/weight: 0.65
- Note: all armament is optional.
- 1× 30 mm ADEN cannon, in centreline pod
- Up to 6,800 lb (3,085 kg) of weapons on five hardpoints, including:
- 1,500 lb (680 kg), limited to one centreline and two wing pylons (Hawk T1)
Eurofighter Typhoon: Details