BAE Systems has completed work to upgrade the navigation and weapons system for the South African Air Force (SAAF) fleet of Hawk training aircraft.

The software and hardware upgrade, jointly developed with the local company Advanced Technologies and Engineering (ATE), enables the aircraft to share simulated radar data across multiple platforms.

The upgrade, known as Operational Capability 4, includes the introduction of software to simulate the use of infra-red and radar guided missiles. The upgrade also involves the replacement of the existing analogue video recording with a digital recording capability. This means greater flexibility in analysing the data post sortie, vastly improving the quality of the debrief process for both the aircrew and ground crew.

The capability upgrade has commenced on eight aircraft with the remainder of the Hawk Mk120 fleet due to be upgraded before the end of the year. SAAF 85 Combat Flying School located at Makhado air base operates 24 Hawk Mk120 aircraft.

(BAE Systems).


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