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19 Feb 2008 | Ref. 059/2008

Warton, UK – Following the arrival of two more Hawk advanced jet trainers at Indian Air Force (IAF) base Bidar on 5th February, a total of six aircraft out of the 66 on order have now been delivered. With further deliveries scheduled throughout 2008 and 2009, the programme to equip the IAF with the world’s most successful advanced jet trainer is well underway.

A total of 24 Hawks are being built in the UK, the 22nd of which made its maiden flight from the BAE Systems site at Brough in the UK earlier this month. The remaining Indian Hawks are scheduled to take to the air in February and March. In addition to the supply of the 24 UK built aircraft, 42 are being built under licence by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in Bangalore.

Under the contract to supply a total training solution to the IAF, BAE Systems will develop, construct, install and commission four computer aided training devices: two cockpit procedures trainers, a flight training device and an avionics part task trainer at IAF Bidar. These, combined with a Computer Aided Learning System, provide the required classroom training to support the IAF’s training needs.

In parallel to delivery of aircraft and training devices, BAE Systems, in partnership with the RAF, is also delivering a training programme that will see over 75 IAF pilots trained on the current RAF Hawk fleet at RAF Valley in the UK. Experienced IAF Flying Instructors have also completed conversion training to become instructor pilots on the Hawk – these instructors will train the Indian Air Force’s next generation of frontline pilots. Many of those who have completed the course have returned to India and gone directly onto the IAF’s most sophisticated frontline aircraft – a testament to the skill of the pilots and the training they received during their time at RAF Valley.

Michael Christie, Senior Vice President Hawk International at BAE Systems said: “The delivery of a further two aircraft to IAF Bidar is another step forward on us delivering a total training solution geared to the specific requirements of the Indian Air Force. The successful delivery of this programme is a prime example of BAE Systems’ capabilities in developing and managing complex major programmes to meet the needs of our global customers.”


About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global 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 96,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15 billion (US $27 billion) in 2006*.

*On a pro rata basis, assuming BAE Systems had owned Armor Holdings Inc for the whole of 2006


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