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May 27, 2015

HAL and BAE Systems sign MoU for Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainer upgrade


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has signed an MoU with BAE Systems UK for the upgrade of Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainer, development of combat Hawk for Indian and export markets and maintenance solutions for supporting Jaguar and Hawk fleet. The Hawk Mk 132 is an Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) with tandem dual seats meant to provide basic, advanced flying and weapons training.
Speaking on the occasion, T. Suvarna Raju, CMD of HAL expressed confidence on success of the proposed collaboration between HAL and BAE. "It is important that both the teams finalise the scope of Hawk Mk 132 upgrades and other work packages under the MoU agreement at the earliest", he said. MN Shrinath, General Manager (Aircraft) signed the MoU on behalf of HAL, while Steve Timms, Managing Director (Defence Information, Training and Services) signed on behalf of BAE. Chris Boardman, Managing Director (Military Air & Information) headed the BAE delegation.
The Hawk Mk 132 is an Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) with tandem dual seats meant to provide basic, advanced flying and weapons training. The cockpit provides excellent field of view and the aircraft is equipped with Inertial Navigation/Global Positioning System, Head-Up Display and Hands-On Throttle and Stick controls.
The aircraft has the capabilities to be used as a ground attack aircraft or for air defence. The Hawk AJT has excellent flying characteristics with good stability, can be flown at night and can perform wide range of aerobatic manoeuvres. The aircraft can accommodate a wide variety of external stores. The aircraft has 7 hard points to carry external stores with a possible 12 types of combinations to carry the stores.
The aircraft is being produced at HAL under licence from BAeS, UK and the first aircraft was handed over to IAF in August 2008. Production program of 42 Hawks to IAF was concluded in 2011-12. Further, second contract was signed between IAF and HAL in July 2010 for supply of 40 Nos of Hawk AJT and associated equipment. HAL has so for produced 25 aircraft and would be producing all the 40 aircraft by 2016-17.
A contract was signed between Indian Navy and HAL in July 2010 for supply of 17 Nos of Hawk AJT and associated equipment. HAL has so far produced 11 aircraft and would be producing all the 17 aircraft by 2016-17. HAL has so far produced 78 Hawk aircraft.

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