Hawk 127

The Hawk 127 lead-in fighter is operated by Number 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle, and Number 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth.

The Hawk prepares qualified Air Force pilots for conversion to:

  • F-35A Lightning II
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet
  • EA-18G Growler.

Pilots complete a 14 week Introductory Fighter Course at RAAF Base Pearce with the Hawk, which includes:

  • general flying 
  • instrument flying 
  • formation flying 
  • night flying 
  • navigation.

Graduates then progress to a 20 week course at RAAF Base Williamtown for air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons training.

The aircraft also prepares Weapon System Operators (WSO) for conversion to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and Electronic Warfare Officers (EWO) for conversion to the EA-18G Growler.

The Hawk is a low-wing, all-metal aircraft. It is fitted with a navigation and attack system, and is powered by a single Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine.

Key features include:

  • an integrated avionics system 
  • two display and mission computers
  • hands-on-throttle-and-stick controls in each cockpit
  • heads-up display in the front cockpit and multi-function displays in both cockpits.


Manufacturer BAE Systems
Role Lead-in fighter training
  • Pilot (instructor)
  • Student
Length 11.95m
Height 4.1m
Wing span 9.39m
Weight 5,443kg
Engines Single Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk 871
Range 1,207km
Ceiling 50,000 feet
Max speed 1065km/h (Mach 1.2)
  • Mission computers 
  • Heads-up display 
  • Datalink 
  • Radar and weapon simulation 
  • Mission recording and playback system
  • Practice AIM-9M infrared missiles 
  • Conventional and laser guided bombs 
  • 30 mm cannon