Date: 24th Feb 2015, Tuesday
HAL To Support Hawks For Another 40 Years
Production of 42 Hawk AJTs for Indian Air Force (IAF) was concluded in 2012. Antoher contract was signed between the IAF and HAL on 2010 for another 40 Hawk AJT. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has so far produced 21 aircraft and will deliver the rest by 2017.
HAL would support the Hawk project for the next 40 years. The Hawk Mk132 aircraft is currently being built by HAL in Bengaluru under licence from BAE, UK, and the first aircraft was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in August 2008.
In order to maintain its fleet of Hawks aircraft, IAF and HAL has entered into an agreement with BAE Systems for a comprehensive package of support systems for the advanced jet trainers. The first five-year contract cost US $ 28.5 million dollar. Under the pact, BAE will provide a comprehensive package comprising Ground Support Equipment, Spares, Support and Training for the Hawk Mk132.
Updated On: 15.02.24