HAL de­liv­ers home-made ‘Hawk’ to In­dian Navy

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The Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) has achieved another mile­stone by hand­ing over the first home-made Hawk Mk 132 air­craft to In­dian Navy re­cently. “We built this air­craft in time and this is the first of the five air­craft to be de­liv­ered to the In­dian Navy. The re­main­ing four will be de­liv­ered soon”, said Dr R.K. Tyagi, Chair­man, HAL. He handed over the re­lated doc­u­ments to Vice Ad­mi­ral Pradeep K. Chat­ter­jee, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

Dr Tyagi said it is mat­ter of pride that all the train­ing air­craft of the In­dian Navy have been sup­plied by HAL. “We are car­ry­ing for­ward this legacy and will en­sure that the Navy gets all the sup­port from HAL on all pa­ram­e­ters.” Hawk Mk-132 is the lat­est en­try into HAL made and main­tained air­craft and he­li­copters of the In­dian Navy which in­clude Ki­ran and DO 228 air­craft, ad­vanced light he­li­copter (ALH), Chetak and Chee­tah he­li­copters. In ad­di­tion HAL has also sup­ported the Navy in up­grade of Sea Har­rier.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Chat­ter­jee said the Navy has a long-stand­ing and unique part­ner­ship with HAL. “We will con­tinue to work shoul­der to shoul­der for all our cur­rent and fu­ture pro­grammes. Hawk de­liv­ered to­day will have a pride of place in the Navy’s fleet. Given the fruit­ful as­so­ci­a­tion with HAL, we will even think of re­viv­ing past projects.”

Against the con­tract for sup­ply­ing 17 Hawk air­craft, HAL plans to de­liver five air­craft in the cur­rent fis­cal and bal­ance in next three years to the In­dian Navy.

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