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Breaking Exclusive: Hawker 450 set for relaunch (CORRECTED)

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CORRECTION: The Hawker 450 will be made from traditional materials, not composite. In addition, the Hawker 400XP will serve as platform for the new engines and avionics. All other details remain the same. FlightBlogger apologizes for any confusion.
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Hawker Beechcraft appears poised to relaunch its Hawker 450, as new details emerge about the composite mid-size light business jet.

Few details are known about the aircraft, but a Hawker Beechcraft source tells FlightBlogger that the Hawker 450 is to be powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engines and sport a Rockwell Collins Proline 21 avionics suite.

The aircraft is to be based on the Hakwer 400XP platform, which seats two pilots and nine passengers.

Hawker Beechcraft declined to comment on this story.

The aircraft is also expected to be the launch customer for the PW535D engine variant.

For the interior, the Hawker 450 will utilize parts of the Venue cabin management system from Rockwell Collins, which was unveiled at the NBAA convention in 2007.

The performance specifications of the aircraft are currently unknown, though the original design called for a five-passenger 2,000 nm range, 4,700 foot takeoff field length and 472 knot cruising speed.

The original design also was powered by both Honeywell engines and avionics. Honeywell was initially a risk sharing partner on the program.

The formal announcement  launching the Hawker 450 is likely to come at next month's National Business Aircraft Association convention.

The delivery of the first aircraft is targeted for the first quarter of 2010.

The Hawker 450 was originally unveiled in 2000 at the National Business Aircraft Association convention, but was later shelved in 2002 in favor of upgrades to its existing product line, rather than opt for an all-new design in light of slowing demand.

Hawker, which at the time was owned by Raytheon, focused its attention on completing its Premier I and Horizon aircraft, later renamed the Hawker 4000, which was certified and delivered earlier this year.

The relaunched Hawker 450 will be the third composite fuselage business jet after Hawker 4000 and the Bombardier Learjet 85XR.

Photo credit: Flight International Archive

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