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BAE SYSTEMS Develops Hawk Simulator For South Africa And India

13 Sep 2005

The South African Air Force (SAAF) will soon benefit from the latest in pilot training technology in the form of a simulator developed by BAE Systems in Australia and the Indian Air Force is expected to follow.

The SAAF is acquiring 28 Hawk Mk 120 Lead-In Fighter training aircraft from BAE Systems and the simulator, known as the Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) forms part of this programme. BAE Systems Australia was contracted to produce the OFT following its major role in the delivery of the Royal Australian Air Forces (RAAF) Tactical Weapon System Training Systems (TWSTS).

The OFT is a replicated cockpit with an ejection seat and a control loading system which gives realistic feedback to the pilots. A large visual display system with four projector systems produces blended terrain, sky and target information. Pilot training in the OFT can be controlled in a repeatable fashion, monitored and recorded.

Instructors have the ability to introduce aircraft malfunctions and emergencies to assess pilot responses and also generate tactical training scenarios which may involve air-to-air combat or ground attack missions. A live facility provides comprehensive debriefing for students to maximise the benefits of training missions conducted in the OFT.

The OFT will be used as the basis of a similar system for its next product currently being designed and developed for the Indian Air Force, which has ordered 66 new generation Hawk trainers.

BAE Systems plans to continue to develop and support similar ground-based training systems for Hawk users world-wide some years to come. The company, which designed, built and operates the Hawk Synthetic Training facility at RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales plans to continue development and support.


BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The Company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The Company employs over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

Shelley Mearns, BAE Systems Australia
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8480 7211, Mob: +61 (0) 402 890 760

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