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BAE HALO - information from recent FOIA Request
« on: February 10, 2012, 09:34:02 am »
Last year I submitted a FOIA request to the UK MOD regarding the BAE HALO project (thought to stand for High Agility Low Observable, which in fact it doesn't according to the information I received).  There was a bit of back and forth over this request and it took some time to get the response (admittedly partly due to my poor FOIA technique, I'm sure!).  Anyway, I thought I'd post in its entirety as it may be helpful to your research:


Is/was HALO an aircraft?



No, HALO was the reference name given to a Technology Demonstrator Programme (see below).


If so, was it a technology demonstrator, a prototype or an operational aircraft?


HALO, was a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP). The programme was set up to demonstrate a number of signature control technologies utilising a Hawk aircraft as a low cost technology demonstration route. HALO does not stand for High Agility Low Observable, it was purely a programme nickname to allow unclassified reference as the programme existence was classified.


If not, what was it?


See above.


Was HALO built?

As discussed above, signature control technology was designed for embodiment on to the Hawk aircraft.


Was HALO manned or unmanned?


The Hawk is a manned aircraft.


When was HALO active (by this I mean when did the programme start and end)?


The programme started in 1993 and ceased in late 1994 early 1995.


Is HALO still active?


No. The technologies implemented on the Hawk aircraft were removed at the end of the programme.


Are there any available photographs of HALO?


No photographs of HALO technology are available.


Where is HALO now?


The Hawk asset that had been assigned to the HALO programme was returned to standard at the end of the programme.


Was/is HALO related to BAE Replica and Nightjar?


HALO was developing underpinning technology that supported pre-initial gate future system development programmes, as were Replica and Nightjar.


Is HALO related (or a forerunner) to the BAE Taranis unmanned aerial vehicle?


Taranis was designed specifically as a UAV and its design is not related directly to the Hawk aircraft used in the HALO programme. However, Taranis emerged from the UK air research programme and uses underpinning technologies developed previously within MOD and industry funded studies, such as HALO, Replica and Nightjar.

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Re: BAE HALO - information from recent FOIA Request
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 11:16:32 am »
Thanks for that. Very interesting.

I've heard rumours that ZA101 (the old G-HAWK demonstrator) was used for the trials.

It was later used for visual/IR 'stealth' trials, known as Chameleon: http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=11782.0

http://militarynuts.com/index.php?showtopic=224

http://www.vnfawing.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3907&sid=650a7c5551f9500ed0516583058310c5

and has an interesting, metallic 'pointy' nosecone.   http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?regsearch=ZA101
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Re: BAE HALO - information from recent FOIA Request
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 12:27:29 pm »
That's fascinating, thanks a lot for the information which makes interesting reading.  I had also wondered which Hawk was used in the programme.  Here's a picture of ZA101 today (according to demobbed.org.uk it is now a ground instructional airframe at Warton): http://demobbed.org.uk/image_view.php?a=25170&s=za101.jpg
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