HAWK MK 132 | Indian Air Force
HAWK MK 132 | Indian Air Force

HAWK MK 132 | Indian Air Force

HAWK MK-132 is a single-engine aircraft. It is two-seater aircraft: one for the pilot and the other one for the trainer. Moreover, it used for flying attacks and ground to ground attacks. This HAWK MK-132 aircraft has enough capacity to attack in the air and on the ground. Fully used for advanced training of officers and trainers. Although this HAWK MK-132 aircraft is being in service since 2008. Therefore, due to tandem, the two officers can operate the aircraft at the same time. On the other hand, this advanced aircraft has its own disadvantages. A few years back, an IAF officer has lost his life while colliding with another aircraft. Let’s check out some of the basic specifications, origin and characteristics of Hawk MK-132.

Origin of Hawk MK 132

After one of the longest-lasting procurement in India’s history, two decades between initial involvement and contract signature on 26 March 2004, the Hawk MK 132 entered service formally at the Indian Air Force on 23 February 2008. In November 2007 the IAF received 24 aircraft from BAE Systems and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited another 42 Hawks between 2008 and 2011. India expected to place another 57 Hawks in order in February 2008, 40 in the Indian Air Force and 17 in the Indian Navy. Air Force 406 Bidar, Karnataka was crushed by the first IAF Hawk AJT on April 29, 2008.

Another Hawk AJT plane crashed on 3 June 2014, near Baharagora, on the western frontier between Bengal and Odisha. The Hawk fleet is located in north Karnataka at the IAF Bidar Air Force Station, some 700 kilometres from Bangalore. As of 2015, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy ordered a total of 123 aircraft. There is a further order negotiated for 20 planes.

DimensionsWing DataWeightFuel CapacityPower Plant
Length: 12.43 mArea (Gross): 16.70 m2Maximum Takeoff: 9100 kgInternal: 360 Imp GallsRolls Royce Adour MK 871 Turbofan
Wing Span: 9.940 m
Height: 3.98 m
Sweep (at quarter chord): 21º 31’ 55”Basic Mass (Empty): 4,440 KgExt. Drop Tanks: 2 x 130 Imp GallsStatic Thrust  at sea level: 1 x 25.5 kN (5730 lbf)  at  sea level ISA

Flying Characteristics

  • The aircraft’s flight characteristics are outstanding with good stability and control responsiveness on all three axes.
  • The aircraft is cleared for a broad spectrum of aircraft operations and is very resistant even outside of the usual envelope for departures.
  • The aircraft is stable on all axles in all flap positions at incidences up to the stable.
  • Recovery is instantaneous when the control column is moved.
  • In order to maintain speeds ranging from 0.4 to 0.7 M, the hawk Mk.132 wing has a modest steady drop at its top to support continued turning.
  • The plane is spin-resistant but is cleared in the base configuration of the aircraft with or without a gun pod to deliberately rotate upright.
  • A crosswind aspect of 30 knots (5,5 km/h) is currently cleared for the take-off and landing.
  • The front cockpit is used for solo flight.
  • The aircraft has a capacity of 30 secs for the reverse flight (negative G).
  • The aircraft shall either be dual or solo during the night, without further flight constraints.

Performance of Hawk MK-132 India

Maximum Level SpeedServiceThe radius of action with Max. payload
At Sea Level: 0.84 machSealing: 3533m (3.53km)lo-lo-lo: 267km (267000m)
At 30,000 ft: 085 machTake off run: 664m
Landing run: 799m
Hi-hi-hi: 754km (754000m)

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