A concept of a future variant of BAE Systems’ Hawk training aircraft has flown for the first time at the company’s military aircraft facility in Warton, Lancashire. The Advanced Hawk aircraft is equipped with a new type of pilot display, a redesigned wing and defensive aids.

The concept demonstrator features an upgraded cockpit equipped with BAE Systems’ LiteHUD low-profile head-up display and a new, large area display that introduces a new student/pilot training experience. It also features a redesigned wing that increases performance in areas such as turn rates, angles of attack and both take-off and landing.

Other technology advances include increased stores capability, a new set of defensive aids and a range of new flight systems.

The aircraft will now undergo a series of flights to collect test data on the new key capability enhancements.

(Hawk, BAE Systems).

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