22 Jul 02. BAE SYSTEMS welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Bahrain that it has selected the Hawk trainer aircraft to meet the future training requirements of the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF). This programme further strengthens the strategic relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and BAE SYSTEMS.
BAE SYSTEMS Hawk Managing Director, Kevin Taylor, said, “I am pleased that the Kingdom of Bahrain has selected the Hawk for their training requirements. This announcement demonstrates that the Hawk is an adaptable, cost effective training platform suitable for use by air forces throughout the world. We now look forward to concluding negotiations and bringing the Hawk into service with the RBAF.”
In addition to the procurement of Hawk aircraft it is envisaged that the initial package will also contain test and ground equipment, technical assistance and training. These and other items are now subject to confidential negotiations between Bahrain and BAE SYSTEMS.
The provision of Hawk and associated equipment will complete the programme for a world class advanced pilot training academy primed by BAE SYSTEMS. A contract for basic and elementary training was signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain and BAE SYSTEMS in January 2002.