The CT-155 Hawk was selected for the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program because of its similarities to frontline fighter aircraft. Student pilots graduate from the CT-156 Harvard II to this highly advanced jet trainer. Its Rolls-Royce turbofan engine generates more than 6000 lbs of thrust and powers the jet to supersonic speeds.
The Hawk’s sophisticated glass cockpit features a heads-up display (HUD), hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) controls, and integrated navigation and targeting systems. With its superior technology, the jet can perform a wide range of high performance training missions.
Canada is not alone in selecting this modern trainer. The British Royal Air Force and 14 other countries rely on the Hawk to prepare their pilots for combat. The United States Navy uses its own version—the T-45A Goshawk—as an advanced trainer for carrier operations.
NFTC students train on the Hawk during the program’s final stage. Once they’ve logged 125 flight hours, Canada’s student fighter pilots are ready to join 410 Squadron, the Operation Training Unit, which flies CF-18 Hornets.