The Royal Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of fast jet training aircraft because of an issue with an engine, according to reports. It is not known when flying training on the Hawk T2 jets at an air base in North Wales will resume. The pause will serve another delay for the training scheme that aims to deliver fast jet fighter pilots. The program has already suffered from a number of serious issues and delays.
According to Sky News, an “emerging” problem last year had been identified with the Rolls-Royce engine on the Hawk jet, used by fast jet recruits for training at RAF Valley.
A source on Wednesday claimed the issue involved engine blades wearing out.
“Now one has broken and gone down the engine,” the source said, asking to remain anonymous.
An RAF spokesperson confirmed that flying on the Hawk 2 jet had been paused “as a precaution”.
“Post a recent issue on the runway involving an RAF Hawk TMk2 engine, as a precautionary measure, flying has been temporarily paused pending the results of the technical investigation,” the spokesperson said.
It is understood that the RAF is working closely with the manufacturer and awaiting analysis on the specific engine.
We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.
For the latest news and breaking news visit: /news Stay up to date with all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you.
Follow our social media accounts here on facebook.com/DailyExpress and @Daily_Express