INDO-UK DUAL-ROLE ADVANCED HAWK AIRCRAFT
India and the United Kingdom have jointly developed the Advanced Hawk, a dual-role aircraft with both trainer and combat capability. Debuted during the Aero India 2017 Airshow at Yelahanka, Bangalore February this year, the Advanced Hawk has been in the works for two years under a unique model with HAL and BAE pooling resources to develop a faster, more agile Hawk that can also carry smart weapons. The aircraft, which two prototypes of which have been assembled at HAL Bangalore, has several new features including a new wing design by HAL that gives the plane more agility, extra power and the ability to carry a range of conventional and precision weapons for an operational role. The new wing design for example would give the aircraft 25 per cent better turn rate and 17 per cent better rate of climb. It would have airborne simulation technology to train pilots for combat operations. Its advanced cockpit will be able to simulate any modern fighter – from Su-30 to Rafale. In combat role it would be able to carry a range of modern missiles, bombs and rockets, such as the latest laser guided bombs, ASRAAM and side-winder missiles and, Brimstone etc – a total of 3,000 kg weapon load across seven stations.
BAE, the original aircraft manufacturer, and HAL believe that the Advanced Hawk will be in demand with several air forces that are acquiring advanced fighter jets. There may be a requirement of over such 300 trainers worldwide that will be targeted with the new product. The Hawk has been a success story in India with 123 aircraft flying with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy. may include setting up joint ventures and other collaborative arrangements.
The UK and India will encourage interactions between the Indian Army Design Bureau and Defence Equipment and Support ( DE& S)/ Army Capability Branch through their Defence Equipment Sub-Group. The UK and India will explore establishing a secure communications method in order to share classified material. The two countries will also consider upgrading their bilateral General Security Arrangement.