British Aerospace’s Hawk jet this week emerged as the winner in the long-running contest to provide a trainer plane for the Indian airforce, according to industry sources. BAE would not confirm it has won the work, worth £2.2bn.
India wants 24 aircraft as soon as possible following a spate of crashes involving its Polish-built PZL Iskra trainer. It will need a further 24 planes in the next few years.
Over 40 more Hawks may be built at Hindustan Aeronautics’ Bangalore factory.