New Delhi. The Hawk Mk132 advanced jet trainer, in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF), has clocked 100,000 flying hours, a BAE press statement said December 22.
Congratulating the Indian Air Force, Steve Timms, Managing Director – Defence Information, Training and Services, BAE Systems said, “The Indian Air Force’s Hawk advanced jet trainer is a compelling story of success, providing new generation training to next generation air warriors and delivering our commitment to Make in India in partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The Indian Air Force is one of the largest operators of the Hawk globally and we wish its air warriors safe landings.”
“This occasion marks another milestone in our longstanding association with the Indian Air Force and HAL. Together, BAE Systems and HAL are committed to strengthen their relationship through ongoing discussions on exploring long-term sustainable business opportunities globally.”
The Hawk advanced jet trainer is also in service with the Indian Navy.
BAE Systems continues to work with HAL towards the successful completion of a potential order to supply products and services for the manufacture of a third batch of Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft, building upon previous orders of 66 aircraft in 2004 and a further 57 aircraft in 2010.
The aircraft, to be built by HAL in Bengaluru, will fulfil the Indian Air Force’s requirement for its prestigious aerobatic team, the Surya Kiran. BAE Systems has worked closely with the Indian Ministry of Defence and HAL to establish a production line in India where the aircraft is now assembled.
More than 1,000 Hawk aircraft have been delivered or are on order worldwide.