QUORA DIARIES: IS THE BAE-HAL ADVANCED HAWK AND AMERICAN A-10 CONTEMPORARIES?

 

Short answer is : NO.

Explaination:

THE HAL-BEL HAWK:

The Hawk is advanced version of the trainer Hawk.

Though my short version sounds kind of rude but that is actually for a good reason. Advanced Hawk is a trainer cum attack aircraft with advanced avionics like RWR, Laser designator. It has probably a better advanced aerodynamics involved in it thus adds to its manuevarability.

It also has radars unlike A-10. Hence A-10 can only operate in secured air zone.

But this is where the good things about the said aircraft ends. But being a good CAS(closed air support ) doesn’t always means being a tech freaky bird flying around in the sky. There is lot more to it:

  • Purpose.
  • It needs to be in the operating area continiously without leaving for refuelling/reloading.
  • Take substantial hits and still operate.
  • While on CAS there is no chance for engine failure.

PURPOSE:

  • A-10:
    • The sole purpose of A-10 was to cut open the Soviet armored columns.
  • Adv. Hawk:
    • A cheaper fighter jet for under-developed country which can’t afford a high end Multirole aircraft.

NEED TO STAY IN OPERATIONAL AREA FOR LONG HOURS:

  • This means a higher payload.
  • A-10:21 ton(CAS); 19 ton( anti armor support)
  • Adv Hawk: 9 ton (Fully loaded).
  • Hawk shall have to leave the soldiers alone for a while, that may be fatal. While A-10’s presence in the airspace shall create a psycological pressure on your enemy to fall back.
  • HARDPOINTS: A-10=11; Hawk:8. A-10 wins.
  • GUN:
    • A-10:

    • Adv Hawk:

  • A-10 has GAU-8 gattling gun firing depleted uranium 30*173 armor piercing round at 4000 rounds/min whereas Hawk has 30*113 caliber lead rounds at around 1800 round/min.

ENGINES:

  • A-10: 2* 40 KN engines
  • Hawk: 1* 29 KN engines
  • Now surely a Two-engine fighter is more preferred when flying low, close to ground and for prolonged durations.

ABILITY TO TAKE HIT:

  • A-10: It came back home flying and the pilot safe.

  • I doubt the Hawk can withstand such damage.

CONCLUSION: The Hawk is a perfect aircraft to make India an arms exporter by exporting this aircraft to smaller and less developed allies like afghanistan, Taiwan etc. But it is way too much to say that it is rival for A-10. A-10 has only one rival SU-25 frogfoot.

Many would say why this to export when we have tejas? Well countries like Turkmenistan and Afghanistan may not be able to afford that too. Also we have a stable assembly line for hawk whereas tejas is in the process to catchup.

 

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