13 Feb '16, 9am

HAL targets export of 'Made in India' Hawk advanced jet trainers

HAL targets export of 'Made in India' Hawk advanced jet trainers

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which has conducted weapons tests with its license-built BAE Systems Hawk Mk132 advanced jet trainer, is looking at its export potential. In May last year, the state-owned company had teamed up with UK-based defence major BAE Systems to upgrade the Indian Air Force’s Hawk Mk132 advanced jet trainers. The Hawk is equipped with inertial navigation and global positioning systems, head-up display, as well as hands-on throttle and stick controls. Hawk features :: Sources indicated that the Hawk was chosen because, besides being a trainer, it also has capability in air-to-air and air-to-ground attack roles, though it is primarily aimed at training pilots in weapon delivery. HAL is looking to manufacture the combat version of military aircraft Hawk with an export potential, and has conducted some initial trials with rocket pods. “Hawk could be...

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