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RAF Hawks

  • 30-07-2020 11:32am
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,871 ✭✭✭


    6 Hawks showing now on flight radar, exercise ??


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  • Registered Users Posts: 644 ✭✭✭faoiarvok


    Storm 10 wrote: »
    6 Hawks showing now on flight radar, exercise ??

    In the Irish Sea off Wales? Pretty standard on a weekday, think they’ve only started showing up on FR24 lately. Presumably coverage improved in the area.


  • Registered Users Posts: 390 ✭✭Skyknight


    Storm 10 wrote: »
    6 Hawks showing now on flight radar, exercise ??
    Not sure about an exercise, but there were three Dassault Falcon 20's flying in formation off lands ends at low level being 'chased' by a Hawk at 1,400.... Possibly as par of interception training off Land's End


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,492 ✭✭✭California Dreamer


    Pretty standard training with aircraft based at RAF Valley.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 9,717 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tenger


    Skyknight wrote: »
    Not sure about an exercise, but there were three Dassault Falcon 20's flying in formation off lands ends at low level being 'chased' by a Hawk at 1,400.... Possibly as par of interception training off Land's End

    I believe the Dassaults have an ECM suite to simulate various "opfor" aircraft. Cheaper than having specific aggressors aircraft.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,980 ✭✭✭Growler!!!


    Tenger wrote: »
    I believe the Dassaults have an ECM suite to simulate various "opfor" aircraft. Cheaper than having specific aggressors aircraft.

    Would be an interesting job :D

    http://https://www.cobham.com/aviation-services-uk/special-mission/news/blog-training-the-raf-to-protect-our-skies/

    https://www.aerosociety.com/news/flying-for-the-dark-side/


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,104 ✭✭✭Psychlops


    Skyknight wrote: »
    Not sure about an exercise, but there were three Dassault Falcon 20's flying in formation off lands ends at low level being 'chased' by a Hawk at 1,400.... Possibly as par of interception training off Land's End




    Thats Cobham & their Falcon 20's, they are up on a daily basis "fighting" RAF aircraft & pretending to be aircraft in need of a QRA intercept.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,104 ✭✭✭Psychlops


    faoiarvok wrote: »
    In the Irish Sea off Wales? Pretty standard on a weekday, think they’ve only started showing up on FR24 lately. Presumably coverage improved in the area.




    Wait & see how long it takes for FR24 to remove the visibility of them, FR24 tends to block all Military & traffic requesting they be blocked, thats why ADS-B has become so popular by showing everything that FR24 wont.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,700 ✭✭✭tricky D


    Psychlops wrote: »
    Thats Cobham & their Falcon 20's, they are up on a daily basis "fighting" RAF aircraft & pretending to be aircraft in need of a QRA intercept.
    It looks like there are another 2 of these that head out over the North Sea from Teeside quite often. Their patterns seem to tally with the suggested role above.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,104 ✭✭✭Psychlops


    tricky D wrote: »
    It looks like there are another 2 of these that head out over the North Sea from Teeside quite often. Their patterns seem to tally with the suggested role above.


    They have a big contract, I think they entertain EU/NATO air forces when operating over the UK & they have the USAFE Contract too.


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