The Indian Government has placed a $1.7 billion order with BAE Systems for 66 Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
The first batch of 24 aircraft will be built in the UK and the remaining 42 aircraft manufactured in India through a partnership with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Commenting on the news BAE Systems Chief Executive Mike Turner said, ‘I am delighted that the Indian Government have chosen the world’s best selling advanced jet trainer – the Hawk – for the Indian Air Force.
‘This proposal is not only great news for BAE Systems but also for the manufacturing capability and aerospace industries of the UK and is a reflection of the support given by the UK Government in this bid.
‘The company is looking forward to continue working with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, a long term partner on a variety of programmes.’
The aircraft will be manufactured at the company’s Brough site in East Yorkshire, with flight testing taking place at Warton in Lancashire.
The Indian Air Force are to receive an advanced version of the Hawk 100 series featuring a glass cockpit with Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) controls, head down Multi-Function Displays (MFD) and a Head Up Display (HUD).