SAN ANTONIO, Texas, 31 Oct. 2011. BAE Systems executives are taking the company’s Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) on a National Road Show via the Hawk AJTS Demonstration Trailer. The Hawk Advance Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft flew Oct. 29 and 30 at the U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command headquarters as part of the Randolph Air Force Base Open House and Air Show. The Hawk AJTS integrates live and synthetic air- and ground-based elements to train pilots for 5th generation fighters, including the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor aircraft.
BAE Systems officials are promoting the Hawk AJTS as a replacement for the aging T-38 trainer as part of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. The commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) system is tailored to meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force and will be manufactured in the United States with the involvement of a strong U.S. supply chain. BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have partnered to compete in the USAF T-X program.
“We are proud to be able to demonstrate the sophisticated and integrated capabilities of the Hawk AJTS at the home of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command,” says Robert Wood, vice president and lead for the BAE Systems Inc. Hawk Advanced Jet Training System Program. “This Road Show and the Hawk AJT flight display at Randolph Air Force Base offer a unique opportunity for our team to highlight the aircraft’s in-flight and ground-based training systems while showcasing how it can deliver off-the-shelf capabilities today.”
The Hawk AJTS National Road Show demonstration trailer showcases video, simulations, and interactive exhibits, including a cockpit simulator, illustrating the features of the Hawk AJTS. It will be on display at air shows, trade shows, and conferences across the country.
The Hawk AJTS National Road Show includes:
The Hawk Advanced Jet Training System Interactive Touchscreen Display
A Hawk AJTS Cockpit Simulator
A Desktop Trainer
A Debrief Station
The Hawk AJTS National Road Show has already visited Wichita Falls, Texas; Alamogordo, N.M.; Houston, Texas; and Fort Worth, Texas. After San Antonio, it is scheduled to stop Tampa, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Orlando, Fla.:
Date Event Location
Oct. 29-30, 2011 Randolph AFB Air Show San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 5-6, 2011 MacDill AFB Air Show Tampa, Fla.
Nov. 12-13, 2011 Nellis AFB Air Show Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 28-30 I/ITSEC Trade Show Orlando, Fla.