South African Air Force Received First Hawk Mk.120
24 May 2006
On Wednesday May 24th, 2006, the South African Air Force (SAAF) took delivery of its first two BAE Hawk Mk.120 lead-in fighter trainers in a ceremony at Denel's aircraft plant in Kempton Park.
The SAAF will receive ten more aircraft in the next few weeks. The aircraft will be operated from Makhado air base by the 85 Combat Flying School, replacing the Impala Mk.I and Mk.II in the advanced training role.
Parts of the aircraft are locally manufactured, others imported and the assembly is done in South Africa by Denel Aerospace under supervision of BAE Systems.
All 24, ordered in 1999, will be delivered by late next year, giving the SAAF a modern lead-in fighter trainer for its future SAAB-BAE Gripen multi-role fighters.