BAE Hawk offered to Uruguayan Air Force to replace A-37 Dragonfly fleet

Hawk offered Uruguayan Air Force
BAE Hawk 200 offered to Uruguayan Air Force.

US-based firm Falcon Air has proposed to the Uruguayan Air Force the purchase of 8 BAE Hawk aircraft (6 in the 200 single-seat variant and 2 in the 100 two-seat variant), including a full training package and spares, according to Defensa.

These aircraft were built in the mid-1990s and boast an appreciable level of maintenance and remaining flight hours. They are equipped with an improved Adour 951 engine (rated at 29.00 kN/6,520 lbf thrust) and which has twice the life of the original Adour Mk 871. The BAE Hawks are intended to replace the Air Force's current A-37 Dragonfly fleet Uruguayan.

The Hawk 200 features 7 external hardpoints that can carry a variety of air-to-air missiles, free-fall bombs, rockets, a pod and fuel tanks. It is also equipped with a Northrop Grumman AN/APG-66H multi-mode radar, LINS 300 ring laser gyro inertial navigation system, air data sensor, display processor and mission computer. The systems are connected with a dual MIL-STD-1553B digital bus. Also included is a BAE SkyGuardian 200 RWR radar warning system.

The BAE Hawk 100 is equipped with a Ferranti laser rangefinder, Marconi Infrared Imager (FLIR), BAE SkyGuardian RWR self-protection systems and Vinten automatic or manual bait dispenser capabilities.

The global offering valued at approximately $110 million also includes 10 Martin Baker MK 10 ejection seats with annual 5-year post-delivery inspection, 3 post-delivery engine inspections upon reaching 250, 500 and 750 hours (3x8), plus package of overseas training for pilots, mechanics, aircraft and communications technicians (1 to 4 weeks each for a fee), ground aircraft operation equipment, test rigs and 5000 spare parts.

The offer could be expanded with up to six upgraded Embraer EMB-312F (formerly French Air Force) turboprop aircraft or similar aircraft to allow the Uruguayan Air Force to reactivate No. 1 Air Squadron operating the IA-58 Pucará until the end of 2016.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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