The Hawk Mk 53 of the Indonesian Air Force (Image © TNI-AU)

Indonesian Hawks make room for T-50i

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) on Thursday 12 March says goodbye to its British Aerospace Hawk Mk 53 trainers. A special farewell ceremony is held at Iswahjudi Air Force Base, where the last Hawks are retired after close to 35 years of training pilots.

The first of 20 Hawks came to Indonesia in September 1980. The type is now being replaced by 16 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50i  Golden Eagle trainers, ordered in 2011 for 400 million USD. The last of those were delivered last year.

One Hawk will fly for the last time on Thursday from Iswahjudi Air Force Base. Afterwards, the aircraft is destined to be put on display in aviation museum Dirgantara Mandala in Yogyakarta. Other versions of the Hawk, such as the single seat Hawk Mk209 attack variant, remain in service in Indonesia. 

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Featured image (top): The Hawk Mk 53 of the Indonesian Air Force (Image © TNI-AU)