Let us look be­yond Hawk: BAE Chair­man


Led by Chair­man, Dick Olver and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Ian King, Board Mem­bers of BAE Sys­tems paid a rare visit to­gether out­side the UK/US to HAL’s fa­cil­i­ties in Bengaluru re­cently. They in­ter­acted with HAL Chair­man, Dr R.K. Tyagi and top of­fi­cials and dis­cussed about var­i­ous busi­ness ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Olver in­sisted that the deep routed busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with HAL should go be­yond Hawk to make the fu­ture even bet­ter than past. In­dia be­ing the sec­ond largest mar­ket for Hawk af­ter UK, he said both the part­ners could think of work­ing on new projects in 17 coun­tries where BAE has its pres­ence.

Dr Tyagi said HAL would be keen to carry for­ward this re­la­tion­ship. A new busi­ness model such as Per­for­mance Based Lo­gis­tics (PBL) could be an area of co­op­er­a­tion with HAL learn­ing from BAE ex­pe­ri­ences. HAL and BAE Sys­tems have been to­gether since the 1940s when Tiger Moths were over­hauled and the re­la­tion­ship strength­ened through pro­duc­tion of Jaguars in the 1980s and the Hawk fleet in the last 20 years, he added.

Cur­rently HAL pro­duces Hawk Mk. 132 un­der li­cence from BAE Sys­tems, UK and the first air­craft was handed over to the In­dian Air Force in Au­gust 2008. The Hawk Mk 132 is an ad­vanced jet trainer with tan­dem duel seats meant to pro­vide ad­vanced fly­ing and weapons train­ing.

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