BAE Hawk 103: The Desert Hawk

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BAE Hawk 103

Hello, and welcome to my suggestion for the Omani variant of the Hawk 100 Jet Trainer, The Hawk 103! I feel this would have a strong position in an Omani Subtree and would also compliment any other Hawks in the British Tree Nicely

History

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Initially the First 4 Hawk 103s were ordered to replace the Obsolete Hunters in both Light attack and Training duties, and it served well for over 30 years now with no accidents and only 2 airframes being written off due to wear and tear, however received another 8 aircraft built to the Modified Hawk 166 standard (No CM pods but better engine) alongside their first Eurofighter Order as attrition loss and to increase the number of trainers the Air force could use at one time.

Currently the RAFO (Royal Air Force of Oman) Operates 10 Hawks for LIFT and COIN roles, and they serve well, with pilots in the RAFO often being praised for their low altitude prowess that is truly shown as they train on the Hawk 103s in preparation for moving on to either the F-16C, Hawk 203, or Eurofighter Typhoon.

Over the years the Hawk 103 has also been a key part of Oman’s anti insurgency aircraft, having operated alongside the more capable Hawk 203s in Ground attack and COIN roles, whilst the Hawk 203 is more capable than the Hawk 103, the Hawk 103 has one major advantage in that it had a FLIR system in its nose allowing for easier target acquisition from ranges, and more effective integration of weapons systems like the AGM-65 Maverick.

Pictures

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Hawk 103 Flying alongside a Hawk 103

Russian Magazine article cover, displaying the Hawk 103

Hawk 103 during startup

UAE Hawk 63, not Omani but shows the 30mm Gun pod Oman uses on its Hawks

Hawk 103, Flying alongside a Hawk 203

Specifications/ Armament

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  • Engine: Rolls Royce/Turbomeca Mk 871 Adour turbofan
  • Wingspan: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)
  • Length: 12.45 m (40 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 3.99 m (13 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 16.7 m² (179.64 sq ft)
  • Max speed at sea level: 1,033 km/h (642 mph)
  • Max Mach: 1.20
  • Max level Mach: 0.88
  • Stalling speed clean: 232 km/h (144 mph)
  • Stalling speed full flap: 196 km/h (122 mph)
  • Rate of climb at sea level: 3,597 m/min (11,800 ft/min)
  • Time to 9,144 m (30,000 ft): 7.5 mins
  • Service ceiling: 14,650 m (48,000 ft)
  • Radius of action at 465 km/h (290 mph): cruise 759 km (471 miles)
  • Take-off roll: 640 m (2,100 ft)
  • Landing roll: 650 m (1,985 ft)
  • Take-off speed at 6,124 kg (13,500 lb): 237 km/h (147 mph)
  • Empty weight: 4,350 kg (9,700 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 9,100 kg (20,062 lb)

Weapons (7 Hardpoints: 2 Wingtip, 4 Underwing, 1 Centreline

  • 1 30mm ADEN cannon pod (120 rounds) mounted Centreline

  • Air to Air Missiles

    • AIM-9P Sidewinder
    • AIM-9L Sidewinder
  • Air to ground Missiles

    • AGM-65D/G Maverick (unconfirmed but probable)
  • Bombs

    • Mk 80 series GP bombs
    • British made 540 and 1000lbs bombs
    • BL755 Cluster Bombs
  • Avionics

    • Nose Mounted FLIR/ Radar Ranger
    • 2 ALE-47 Bins mounted above engine exhaust (30 Large calibre or 60 Regular calibre)


Place In game

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In game I feel this would be a great addition to the British Tech Tree (Most likely as an Omani Subtree) it would give a good stepping stone from the basic Hawk T.1 and the Advanced Hawk T.2, and as the RAF never really operated the Hawk 100 I feel that an Omani Used one would fit nicely with the military connections Britain and Oman have.

In terms of BR the Hawk would probably sit around 10.7/11.0 as it is similar to the Harrier FRS.1 however is more manoeuvrable and has slightly worse missiles that the standard FRS.1

Sources

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https://aeropedia.com.au/content/british-aerospace-hawk-100/
BAE Hawk 100 (late): Britain's Bird of Prey (ii)
BAE Systems Hawk - Wikipedia
BAe Hawk 100

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlK558cBUL8&t=92s

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+1, would work well in an Omani subtree

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+1 makes sense after the add of the AMX

There is also this T1A which would make a good equivalent to the A4 Skyhawks at about 9.0. It only has the two AIM-9Ls and the centre-line ARDEN pod.
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It’s been suggested in the UK section ;)

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