Hawk AJT clocks 1,00,000 hours with In­dian Air Force

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The Hawk ad­vanced jet trainer (AJT) has clocked 1,00,000 hours of fly­ing hours with the In­dian Air Force (IAF). BAE Sys­tems, the mak­ers of Hawk Mk132 AJT, termed the achieve­ment as an “im­por­tant mile­stone” and a com­pelling story of suc­cess.

BAE quoted Steve Timms, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, De­fence In­for­ma­tion, Train­ing and Ser­vices, say­ing: “Hawks pro­vide new-gen­er­a­tion train­ing to next-gen­er­a­tion air war­riors and de­liv­er­ing our com­mit­ment to ‘Make in In­dia’ in part­ner­ship with the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL). The IAF is one of the largest op­er­a­tors of the Hawk glob­ally and we wish its air war­riors safe land­ings.” The IAF op­er­ates Hawks based out of Air Force Sta­tion in Bi­dar in Kar­nataka.

The IAF also has its Surya Ki­ran aer­o­batic dis­play team now fly­ing the Hawks. The team’s first pub­lic dis­play of four Hawks was at AFS Hin­don dur­ing Air Force Day cel­e­bra­tions in 2015. Since Novem­ber 2016, the team has added two more jets to the dis­play team and even­tu­ally the strength will be raised to nine.

BAE cred­its the lat­est mile­stone to the long-stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with the IAF and HAL. “To­gether, BAE Sys­tems and HAL are com­mit­ted to strengthen their re­la­tion­ship through on­go­ing dis­cus­sions on ex­plor­ing long-term sus­tain­able busi­ness op­por­tuni- ties, glob­ally,” says a com­pany re­lease.

The In­dian Navy op­er­ates around 17 Hawks, mostly based out of INS Dega in Visakha­p­at­nam in Andhra Pradesh.

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