RAF forced to ground entire fleet of fast training jets due to fault

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 programme 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.

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