In 1964 the Royal Air Force specified a requirement (Air Staff Target (AST) 362) for a new fast jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat. The SEPECAT Jaguar was originally intended for this role, but it was soon realised that it would be too complex an aircraft for fast jet training and only a small number of two-seat versions were purchased. Accordingly, in 1968, Hawker Siddeley Aviation (HSA) began studies for a simpler aircraft, initially as special project (SP) 117. The design team was led by Ralph Hooper.
The Hawk Mk127 had a new hands-on throttle and stick control system (HOTAS) and new avionics suite.
Operators of the Hawk include the Royal Air Force (notably the Red Arrows display team) and a considerable number of foreign military operators.
BAE Hawk T1 trainer of the Royal Air Force.
A Royal Air Force Hawk T1A at Kemble Airport, Gloucestershire, with its pilot.
The RAF Red Arrows depart the 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo, England, in a colour scheme that commemorates their 50th year.
A Hawk T2 of the Royal Air Force in 2009.
Finnish Hawk in flight, 2011.
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