Rolls-Royce Joins BAE-Led Team for AF Trainer Jet Competition; Tom Hartmann Comments

AFC130j EBizBAE Systems has selected Rolls-Royce to be part of an industry team that will pursue an Air Force contract for a new trainer aircraft.

The Hawk Advanced Jet Training System team also includes Northrop Grumman and L-3 Communications, BAE said Thursday.

Robert Wood, BAE vice president of the Hawk AJTS program, said Rolls-Royce will work to integrate its Adour Mk951 engine into the team’s aircraft.

Tom Hartmann, senior vice president of customer business at Rolls-Royce Defense, said the engine has recorded 8.6 million flight hours and 200 units are used by the Pentagon.

BAE builds the Hawk aircraft to train airmen on how to fly fighter jets such as the F-35 and F-22.

The company also intends for the Hawk to help student pilots manage and interpret information and make operational decisions.

Customers in 18 countries use the Hawk trainer to support Typhoon, JAS 39 and F-35 programs.

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