Raytheon Hawker 400XP
The aircraft was originally designed as the Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond, an all-new, all-jet development to complement and slot above the Mitsubishi MU-2 and provide Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with their top-of-the-line corporate aircraft model (hence the name "Diamond"). Beechcraft bought the production rights and began manufacturing it as their own model, initially redesignated as the Beechjet 400. The Beechjet 400 was certified by the FAA in May 1985.
Raytheon/Beechcraft steadily developed their own improvements to the model, leading to the 400A in 1990. Improvements in the 400A include longer range, higher take-off weights and improved luxury appointments. An all-glass flight deck was also offered. Beechcraft also developed a version for the USAF known as the T-1A Jayhawk, used as a trainer for large aircraft crews (such as tankers and strategic transports). A total of 180 T-1A trainers were delivered between 1992-1997.
In 1993 Raytheon purchased the Hawker business jet product line from British Aerospace. The Beechjet 400 was eventually renamed the Hawker 400 to map it into the Hawker product line. The latest model, the Hawker 400XP, incorporates further aerodynamic, mechanical and interior improvements gleaned from the Hawker 800XP.
Specifications (Hawker 400XP)
- Crew: 2 pilots
- Capacity: 7 passengers
- Length: 48 ft 5 in (14.8 m)
- Wingspan: 43 ft 6 in (13.3 m)
- Height: 13 ft 11 in (4.2 m)
- Empty weight: 10,550 lb (4,786 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 16,300 lb (7,394 kg)
- Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 , 2965 lbf () each
- Maximum speed: 450 kts (518 mph) 833 km/h
- Cruise speed: 414 kts (476 mph) 767 km/h
- Range: 1,482 nm (2,744 km)
- Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
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