First Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers Delivered to the Royal Air Force of Oman
OMAN. The Royal Air Force of Oman has taken delivery of its first Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft.
The two Mark 166 aircraft arrived at Masirah Air Base July 29 and will now prepare pilots for life in the cockpit of its fast jet fleet, which now includes the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The aircraft were the first batch of Hawks which will be delivered to the Sultanate over the coming months as part of an order placed in December 2012. In May, the first Hawk and Typhoon aircraft were formally presented to the customer at a ceremony held at BAE Systems' Military Air & Information business in the UK, in front of an audience including His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, the Sultanate of Oman's Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs ( MRDA) and the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani.