In­dian Navy in­ducts HAL-pro­duced Hawks


The In­dian Navy in­ducted the Hawk 132, a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Ad­vanced Jet Trainer (AJT) air­craft, on Novem­ber 6, 2013 at an im­pres­sive cer­e­mony held at Naval Air Sta­tion INS Dega. Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff, who was the chief guest at the event, in­ducted the air­craft in the pres­ence of Vice Ad­mi­ral Anil Cho­pra, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mandin­gin-Chief, East­ern Naval Com­mand. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by var­i­ous Flag Of­fi­cers and se­nior of­fi­cers of the Navy, as well as se­nior man­age­ment from HAL and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bri­tish Aero­space and Rolls-Royce. The air­craft is li­censed to be built by HAL, Ben­galuru with trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) from Bri­tish Aero­space, UK. Four air­craft have been de­liv­ered to the Navy, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of seven­teen such fighter train­ers to be ac­quired over the next few years.

The Hawk 132 is equipped with ad­vanced and re­li­able nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems and the ca­pa­bil­ity to de­ploy an im­pres­sive ar­ray of weaponry in­clud­ing air-to-air mis­siles, air-to-ground rock­ets, bombs and guns. It can also carry two ex­tra fuel tanks un­der the wing, which ex­tend its con­sid­er­able strike range fur­ther. The hands on throt­tle and stick (HO­TAS) sys­tem on the con­trol col­umn and throt­tle al­lows the pi­lot to make weapon selec­tions with­out mov­ing his hands from the con­trols. The Hawk 132 is a proven air­craft op­er­at­ing with over 24 na­tions around the world. The In­dian Air Force is also op­er­at­ing th­ese air­craft for train­ing of their pi­lots.

The in­duc­tion of this highly ca­pa­ble air­craft will pro­vide the much needed fil­lip to the train­ing of com­bat pi­lots in the Navy by bridg­ing the gap be­tween ba­sic fly­ing train­ing and ad­vanced fighter fly­ing. The Hawk will pro­vide the ab ini­tio naval pi­lots with an ideal plat­form to hone their skills be­fore they grad­u­ate to fly­ing high per­for­mance air­craft and car­rier based fighter jets, thereby mak­ing them avail­able op­er­a­tionally in a shorter span of time.

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