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How Saudi Arabia could utilise BAE Hawk aircraft in conflict.

Discussion in 'Arab Defence Forum' started by Philip the Arab, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Philip the Arab

    Philip the Arab SENIOR MEMBER

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    In case of a conflict where Saudi Arabia has a need for air defense Hawk aircraft can be used in a pair with another aircraft from the RSAF that has a capable radar acting in part as an AWACS. The British were going to do the same in conflict while using the F-4 as AWACS and the best trained Hawk operators such as the aerobatic team using AIM-9 sidewinders. Again, this is just something I think they could do if they need to have air defense. The same could be done with the B-250 Bader or any light trainer/COIN aircraft that is capable of carrying Air-to-Air missiles.
    Excerpt from Wikipedia about RAF using the BAE Hawk, the RAF planned to use pairs of gun- and AIM-9 Sidewinder-armed Hawk trainers in the point defence role. Each pair of Hawks was to be teamed with a Phantom FGR.2, in effect using the Phantoms as an Airborne Early Warning and Control system. Although never tested it was believed that the Hawk, combined with AIM-9L and flown by some of the best pilots in the RAF including those from the Red Arrows, would have made a viable air defence fighter.
    BAE Hawk equipped with AIM-9 sidewinder.
    A-29 Tucano with 2 AIM-9 Sidewinders.
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