Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & Inindia -

train­ing pro­gramme were sent to An­gle­sey in Wales dur­ing July 2004 to be­gin ad­vanced jet train­ing with the Royal Air Force, which would go on till Fe­bru­ary 2008. In all, some 75 IAF pi­lots re­ceived train­ing in batches at this busiest of RAF air bases.

The ‘ Hawk In­terim In­dian Fly­ing Train­ing’, as the pro­gramme was called, com­prised eight weeks of the­ory and sim­u­la­tors, 20 weeks of ad­vanced fly­ing, three weeks of tac­ti­cal weapons sim­u­la­tion and 14 weeks of live tac­ti­cal weapons train­ing. The first batch of 6 IAF pi­lots grad­u­ated from RAF Val­ley on 23 May 2005 even as BAE Sys­tems de­liv­ered the first ‘made for In­dia’ Hawk Mk.132 ad­vanced jet trainer. BAE Sys­tems re­ported then that “the In­dian pro­gramme is mov­ing at a ter­rific pace; as well as HT001’s first flight we have a num­ber air­craft in fi­nal assem­bly, and have shipped the fuse­lages of ad­di­tional air­craft that will be as­sem­bled by HAL in In­dia in In­dia. This is in ad­di­tion to us man­ag­ing the de­liv­ery of over 1,500 tonnes of raw ma­te­rial, 3,500 tools and around 15 mil­lion com­po­nents to HAL in Ban­ga­lore” !

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