India MoD: Hawk Deal Around the Corner

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    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.
     
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    India considers additional 30-unit Hawk buy

    23 June, 2016 , New Delhi

    India’s defence ministry is considering the acquisition of an additional batch of BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers.

    New Delhi indicates it could purchase as many as 30 examples of the Mk132 variant, which would be licence-built by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).

    Defence minister Manohar Parrikar says the requirement, chiefly for the navy, is still to be fully defined. “We are negotiating for the price and once the price negotiations are over we can announce the final numbers.”

    The proposed purchase is in addition to a previously announced need for 20 aircraft to be operated by the air force’s Surya Kiran aerobatic display team. That deal has yet to be concluded, however.

    Parrikar also confirms the cancellation of a 2014 request for information for intermediate jet trainers, despite continued delays to its indigenous HAL HJT-36 Sitara programme.

    However, he says that production of the HJT-36 has been halted to resolve issues with the type. “The HJT-36 has a lot of the stall-related problems that have been overcome. Spin remains a problem, we will not make any more IJTs until they overcome this problem.”

    It is estimated that only six early production examples have been built.

    The air force had sought to acquire an imported type after repeated delays and difficulties with the Sitara. Its original schedule called for 73 production aircraft to have been delivered to the service from 2013-2017.
     

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