BAE Systems has been awarded a six-year contract to support the training operations of a new joint UK-Qatar Hawk squadron based at Royal Air Force Leeming, UK.
Under the contract, BAE will deliver both live and synthetic training to Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) and British Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots. The company will provide Qualified Flying Instructors (QFI) to deliver the training.
“Working closely alongside the UK MoD, we have started to mobilize this service by delivering, installing and commissioning equipment ready for the arrival of the first aircraft,” said Noel Henderson, Head of Programme – Qatar Hawk, BAE Systems.
“We are proud to support the delivery of training expertize to the new joint squadron and we are recruiting and training personnel through our Qatari joint venture partner company BSL, which recently established a UK entity.
“These highly-skilled people will work alongside the QEAF and the RAF as part of the Whole Force team.”
BAE Systems delivers availability support and training to a global fleet of more than 650 Hawk aircraft which forms the heart of the training pipeline of many of the world’s leading air forces.