Saudi Arabia launches the Hawk jet training aircraft
- April 1, 2019
Saudi Arabia has launched the first locally assembled Hawk T.165 Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft during a ceremony at King Abdulaziz Air Base in the Eastern Province, witnessed by princes and officials on Sunday.
At the ceremony, the Crown Prince signed the aircraft, and a video showed the captain asking the Crown Prince’s permission to take off.
“In the name of God, and with the blessing of God, fly above the most precious land,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.
Hawk T.165 Advanced Jet Trainer, developed by BAE Systems, nearly 1,000 have been ordered, with aircraft delivered to 18 countries across the globe. Built on more than 35 years of fast jet training experience, Hawk has been used to train many pilots flying current and new generation combat aircraft today, with more than 3.5 million flying hours achieved.