HAL readies upgraded Hawk trainer for IAF

HAL readies upgraded Hawk trainer for IAF

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has rolled out an upgraded Hawk as an advanced jet trainer for the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, said the defence behemoth recently.

“The first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132 or Hawk-i will be showcased at the ensuing Aero India air show in Bengaluru in mid-February,” said HAL Chairman T. Suvarna Raju in a statement here.

HAL got an order from the IAF in July 2010 to manufacture 40 more Hawks under a production license from the British BAE Systems, which supplied 66 trainers to the air force, including 24 from its facility in Britain and 42 through the Indian aerospace major at Rs 8,000 crore.

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