Indian Navy to Buy Advanced Trainers

By admin • June 30th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi – The Indian Navy is once again restructuring its plans of acquiring 17 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs) of BAE systems which will be manufactured under licence by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

According to the Indian Navy, the acquisition of Hawk AJTs is crucial to boost the capabilities of its fighter pilots and training them in an advanced multi-role fighter like the Hawk AJT is imperative. The Hawk AJT consists of a state-of-the-art avionics suite and navigation/attack system, a modern glass cockpit and HOTAS (Hands on Throttle and Stick) controls.

The navigation and attack system comprises of many sub-systems inter-connected through a digital multiplex data bus. It provides the flight, navigation and weapon aiming information displayed on the head-up-display and the head-down multi-functional display.

BAE Systems of the UK has been aware of the Indian Navy’s requirement for an advanced jet trainer. In fact, the Indian Navy was considering purchasing 18 Hawk 100-series AJT from the BAE Systems way back in 2006. The Hawk AJT has also been acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

In 2008, India had signed a contract for the procurement of 66 Hawk AJT aircraft for the IAF, out of which 42 were to be manufactured by HAL after technology transfer from BAE Systems. The Indian Navy has also opted for the Hawk AJT instead of its US naval variant Goshawk, and is going in for 17 of them to observe commonality with IAF in terms of maintenance and services.

source: India Defence Online

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