The first training course using the new type will include four RAF pilots who have already gained their wings after flying the Shorts Tucano T1, and will graduate in early 2013. A second intake of six students will include two personnel from the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, says Wg Cdr Kevin Marsh, officer commanding the RAF’s 4 Sqn.
By introducing the emulated use of advanced systems including radar, electronic warfare equipment and virtual weapons, the T2 will provide an enhanced training capability when compared with the UK’s legacy Hawk T1 fleet.
To be performed at RAF Valley in Anglesey, north Wales, Hawk T2 instruction will be delivered with a 50:50 balance between live flying and simulator use, Marsh told IQPC’s Military Flight Training conference in London on 14 March. “We believe that the students and the training system will be up to it,” he added.
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