Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 23 September 2013 delivered the first Hawk Mk-132 advanced jet trainer aircraft to the Indian Navy in Bangalore.
India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) produced the trainer under a license from BAE Systems of UK. HAL plans to deliver a total of 17 of the naval variants over the next three years.
The Navy will get a total of 17 Hawk Mk-132s out of the 57 additional aircraft that were ordered from UK vendor BAE Systems in 2010.
The Hawk is a dual-seat multi-purpose aircraft powered by a single Rolls-Royce Adour Mk.871 engine. It is primarily used for basic, advanced and weapons training, but can also be adapted as a ground attack or air defense platform.
India has ordered a total of 123 Hawk advanced jet trainers, of which 70 have been delivered to the Indian Air Force.
After receiving the aircraft, India became the third naval operator of the Hawk along with the US Navy and the Royal Navy (British Navy).
When: 23 September 2013
DISCLAIMER: JPL and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.