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BAE To Deliver First Hawks to India in 2007, Defense Minister Says
The New Delhi government has spelled out the schedule for its acquisition of Hawk 115-Y Advanced Jet Trainers from BAE SYSTEMS.

In his first official statement about the aircraft, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Indian parliament on July 7 that delivery will commence in 2007, and 75 Air Force pilots will be trained in the United Kingdom to fly the Hawks.

The $1.7 billion trainer deal was signed by the former National Democratic Alliance government earlier this year. Since May, when the United Progressive Alliance government assumed power following a general election, Mukherjee has said on several occasions that the defense deals entered into by the former government were being reviewed.

Mukherjee informed the parliament that the memorandum of understanding between India and the British government states that 24 of the 66 Hawk trainer aircraft will be available by 2008. The remaining 42, to be built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. in Bangalore, will be delivered between 2008 and 2010.

After nearly 10 years of intense negotiations that often stalled over price, India and the United Kingdom signed the Hawk deal on March 19.



Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 3:37 PM

 

 
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