http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...7/india-mod-hawk-deal-around-corner/31312719/ India MoD: Hawk Deal Around the Corner By Vivek Raghuvanshi 7:17 p.m. EDT August 7, 2015 NEW DELHI — India is negotiating with BAE Systems to purchase 20 additional Hawk Mk-132 jet trainers, according to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) release. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Indian Parliament on Aug. 7 that a "case for the procurement of 20 additional Hawk Mk-132 aircraft is at Contract Negotiation stage. Formation Aerobatics will be one of the tasks carried out by these aircraft. Simulator is an effective training tool only for certain elements of formation flying. But Simulator cannot be substituted for the actual aircraft for training,” according to the MoD release. An MoD source said that the deal is likely to be concluded within the next two to three months, as negotiations are proceeding fast. The purchase of an additional 20 Hawks, at a cost of more than $333 million, was cleared in 2010, but the negotiations were derailed following misplacement of relevant files. India has contracted to purchase 123 Hawks, with the first order of 66 placed in 2004 by the previous National Democratic Alliance government. The second order for the purchase of 57 Hawk trainers was placed in July 2010. The Indian government signed a $1.7 billion contract with BAE in 2004 under which 66 Hawks were to be acquired. Out of that order, 24 have been procured from BAE in fly-away condition and the remaining 42 assembled and license-produced at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.