Saudi Arabia launches first locally-assembled Hawk training aircraft

Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has launched the first Hawk training aircraft, assembled and partially manufactured by Saudis.

The launching ceremony was held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base in the eastern region Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. It noted that the Crown Prince was briefed on the assembling, manufacturing, and testing stages of the aircraft. It added that a number of Saudi youth, who have been trained by international experts over two years, are working on the assembly of a total of 22 Hawk aircraft. A presentation about the Saudi-British know-how transfer program were made during the ceremony.

The Saudi-British Defense Cooperation Program, launched in collaboration with the British BAE Systems, oversaw the training of Saudi youth with the participation of more than 25 national companies.