Hal-baes sign col­lab­o­ra­tion MoU

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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.

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