Student pilots in the NATO Flying Training in Canada program selected for jet training will transit from the CT-156 Harvard II to the CT-155 Hawk, and will continue to train at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. In addition, the Hawk will be used at 4 Wing Cold Lake during the fourth phase of jet pilot training.
Powered by the Rolls-Royce Mk.871 Adour turbofan engine which provides more than 6,000 pounds of thrust (6030), the CT-155 Hawk has a maximum speed at sea level of 560 knots, a design limit of +8 G to -4 G and can fly at Mach1.2.
The BAE SYSTEMS Hawk 115 was selected for its similarities to sophisticated front-line fighter Aircraft. Its principle features include: an advanced glass cockpit with a Heads Up Display (HUD); a multi-function display, hands-on throttle and stick controls; integrated navigation & weapon aiming systems; and a high-powered turbofan engine. It is considered one of the most advanced trainers ever built.
With the amount of technology in the Hawk, it is capable of performing a wide range of combat missions, translating into a cost-effective bottom line for pilot training In Canada. Canada's air force is not alone in selecting this modern trainer: It is used the Royal Air Force and 14 other countries, including the United States Navy as its T-45A Goshawk advanced trainer for carrier operations.
Student fighter pilots will spend 80 hours training on the Hawk in Moose Jaw, followed by an additional 45 hours in the Fighter Lead-In program in Cold Lake. At this stage, pilots will be ready to join the Cold Lake Operational Training Unit, which flies Canada's CF-18 Hornets.
FACTS AND FIGURES - CT-155 HAWK
4,400 kg (9,100 kg max take-off)
Rolls-Royce Mk.871 Adour turbofan
1 pilot, 1 instructor
Leased by CF in 2000
Quantity in CF
15 Wing Moose Jaw;
4 Wing Cold Lake
All information and pictures taken from http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/equip/equip1_e.asp