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Advanced Hawk to debut at Aero India

Demonstrating its commitment to Make-in-India, BAE Systems will debut the Advanced Hawk, the latest development of the world's most successful jet trainer, in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, at the 11th Aero India being held this February in Bengaluru.

This fulfils the commitment made jointly by BAE Systems and HAL at the 2015 Aero India through signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to explore future possibilities for the Hawk aircraft for India and export markets.

Building on the success of the Hawk Mk132, which recently completed 100,000 flying hours with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, the new features of the Advanced Hawk enable training activities currently performed on frontline fighter aircraft to be undertaken on the updated air platform. The Advanced Hawk will reduce training demands on more expensive frontline aircraft, creating additional capacity for operational tasks, whilst delivering fast jet training in a more cost-effective, structured and safer environment. High commonality with the existing Hawk production and support infrastructure in India enables the Advanced Hawk to be manufactured and supported with maximum reuse of facilities, equipment and skills.

Stephen Timms, ‎Managing Director - Defence Information, Training & Services said, "The Advanced Hawk is a testimonial of our commitment to sharing technology, capability and knowledge to build advanced systems in India, for India, and from India. Together with HAL, we are looking forward to show this industry-funded demonstrator to the Indian and other Air Forces and seeking their feedback on the combination of features that will better prepare student combat pilots for the demands of frontline aircraft."

Alistair Castle, Country Director - India, BAE Systems said, "Make-in-India is the cornerstone of our strategy and Aero India is an excellent platform for us to engage all our customers and wider industry to explore new ideas for partnerships, whilst strengthening existing ones, such as our association with HAL and Mahindra."

Press release issued by BAE Systems plc on February 6, 2017


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