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Indian Hawks UK Build Programme a Quarter Complete

19 Feb 2007 | Ref. 050/2007

Warton, United Kingdom - The sixth Hawk for the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been delivered from BAE Systems' Brough plant to the Company's Warton site. The milestone represents 25 per cent completion of the UK assembly programme.

The aircraft is the sixth of 66 new Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers for the IAF. The first 24 aircraft are being built at BAE Systems’ facilities in Brough, East Yorkshire, with flight-testing taking place at Warton in Lancashire. The remaining 42 aircraft are being manufactured under licence in India through a partnership with India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, based in Bangalore.

Tony Arksey, Operations and Site Director BAE Systems Brough, said: “The delivery of this aircraft to Warton illustrates that we’re now a quarter of the way through the UK assembly programme for India. The programme has been extremely successful to date and this latest achievement is a credit to the Hawk team and is yet another example of BAE Systems’ ability to deliver the world’s leading advanced jet trainer.”

In March 2004 the Government of India signed a contract with BAE Systems to use Hawk as the new Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) for the Indian Air Force. The contract comprises the purchase of 66 Hawk Mk132 aircraft, ground based training systems, associated support and interim pilot training at RAF Valley in Wales.

BAE Systems is the premier transatlantic defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 88,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded 12 billion pounds (US22 billion dollars) in 2005, excluding the Group's former interest in Airbus.

For further information contact:
Paul Earnshaw, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 855572 Fax: +44 (0) 1772 856524

Issued by:
BAE Systems, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384710 Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947

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