HAL’s first indigenously up­graded Hawk-i at Aero In­dia 2017

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) has rolled out the first indigenously up­graded Hawk Mk132, named as Hawk-i, on the eve of Repub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions. “This is the 100th Hawk air­craft pro­duced at HAL and we are proud that it has ‘Make in In­dia’ mark. HAL had con­ceived a pro­gramme for in­dige­nous upgra­da­tion of the Hawk Mk132 for achiev­ing self-re­liance and has suc­cess­fully ac­com­plished it”, said T. Su­varna Raju, CMD of HAL. This air­craft would be on the fly­ing dis­play in the forth­com­ing Aero In­dia 2017 at Bengaluru.

The up­grade of Hawk Air­craft was taken up at HAL to so as to be in­de­pen­dent in mat­ters such as in­te­gra­tion of new sub­sys­tems or mod­i­fi­ca­tions, ob­so­les­cence man­age­ment of avion­ics sys­tems and to en­hance the air­craft op­er­a­tional and train­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. HAL has rolled out its own air­craft with the up­grade fea­tures in a record time.

In the Hawk upgra­da­tion pro­gramme, im­ported Mis­sion Com­puter and Data Trans­fer Units have been sub­sti­tuted with HAL de­signed and de­vel­oped sys­tems. This in­dige­nous Mis­sion Com­puter in the dual re­dun­dant con­fig­u­ra­tion has ad­di­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties such as Dig­i­tal Map Gen­er­a­tion (DMG) which pro­vides im­proved sit­u­a­tional aware­ness. The Em­bed­ded Vir­tual Train­ing Sys­tem (EVTS) of­fers im­proved train­ing ca­pa­bil­ity over the ex­ist­ing sys­tem. The HAWK-i also pro­vides se­cured voice com­mu­ni­ca­tion and data link ca­pa­bil­ity by in­te­gra­tion of Soft­net Ra­dio and pi­lots can con­fig­ure and se­lect cock­pit Hu­man Ma­chine In­ter­face (HMI) for dif­fer­ent air­craft plat­forms.

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