Britain has unveiled its latest military aircraft, a single-engined two-seater called the Hawk and designed for a double role as a fighter or trainer.
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Background: Britain has unveiled its latest military aircraft, a single-engined two-seater called the Hawk and designed for a double role as a fighter or trainer.
The Hawk, which has taken five years to build at a cost of GBP 60 million has already completed ground and engine tests and is due to make its first flight in about a week.
The Hawk, described by its makers, Hawker-Siddeley Aviation, as a rugged, "no frills" model will go straight into production without going through a prototype stage, and will eventually replace three older models for Britain's Royal Air Force as an all-purpose trainer.
The Hawk is being manufactured at three factories in the United Kingdom and Britain's Royal Air Force has ordered 175 of them, to be delivered by 1980, at a cost of GBP 200 million.
Hawker-Siddeley hope to find a large export market of up to 3,000 for the 'plane, and they plan to include rockets and cannot for a combat version.