Hal-baes sign collaboration MoU
The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BAe Systems UK recently for Hawk Mk132 upgrade, development of combat Hawk for Indian and export markets and maintenance solutions for supporting Jaguar and Hawk fleet.
T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, expressed confidence on success of the proposed collaboration between HAL and BAeS. “It is important that both the teams finalise the scope of Hawk Mk132 Upgrades and other work packages under the MoU agreement at the earliest”, he said.
M.N. Shrinath, General Manager (Aircraft), signed the MoU on behalf of HAL, while Steve Timms, Managing Director (Defence Information, Training and Services), signed on behalf of BAeS. Chris Boardman, Managing Director (Military Air & Information), headed the BAeS delegation.
The Hawk Mk.132 is an advanced jet trainer (AJT) with tandem dual seats meant to provide basic, advanced flying and weapons training. The cockpit provides excellent field of view and the aircraft is equipped with inertial navigation/global positioning system, head-up display and hands-on throttle and stick controls.
The aircraft is being produced at HAL under licence from BAeS, and the first aircraft was handed over to IAF in August 2008. Production programme of 42 Hawks to IAF was concluded in 2011-12. Further, second contract was signed between IAF and HAL in July 2010 for supply of 40 Hawk AJTs and associated equipment. HAL has so far produced 25 aircraft and would be producing all the 40 aircraft by 2016-17.