According to a contract notice, RAF instructors and pilots are due to fly on the Qatari owned Hawk MK 167 aircraft on the Joint Hawk Training Squadron currently being stood up at RAF Leeming.
Currently, the Hawk TMk2A variant aircraft does not have certification from the Military Aviation Authority to operate safely in UK airspace.
“The UK MOD and 11 Sqn Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) have a critical dependency on the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the Hawk TMk2A BAE Systems, to certify the aircraft, when operated in accordance with the Release to Service Recommendation (RTSR), is airworthy and safe in all respects.
This procedure is considered justified for technical reasons under regulation 16 (1)(a)(ii) of the DSPCR 2011.
In order to award a UK RTS, there must be adequate evidence artefacts provided by the OEM and accepted by the MAA and Release to Service Authority (RTSA) to support the airworthiness statements.”
The notice adds:
“BAES are the OEM and single supplier with the required detailed technical understanding of the aircraft and possession of the technical documentation for the required evidence.”
It is understood that the award of this contract allows UK MOD personnel to operate the aircraft under a UK MOD governance framework.