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India to Buy New Trainers from BAE and Rolls-Royce

by: Matthew Potter
August 2, 2010

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The government of India has signed a contract with British companies BAE Systems (BAE:L) and Rolls-Royce (RR) to provide new jet trainers for their aviation training. The contract for fifty-seven aircraft is worth over $1 billion. T This has been one of the major contacts waiting to be awarded by India as part of their modernization efforts for their military. Rolls-Royce will provide the engines for the aircraft.

BAE has been investing with India’s HAL in a manufacturing capability in that country. It already has built Hawk aircraft at this facility although this order is for British assembled ones. The new contract is a follow on order for twenty-four aircraft previously bought two years ago. India hopes to procure a further 109 of the aircraft.

The BAE built Hawk is an advanced primary jet training aircraft used by Great Britain and many other countries across the globe. With the plan to buy a modern jet fighter which is currently in the proposal evaluation part of the contract process the Hawk’s will support the preparation of pilots for those aircraft as well as the Navy’s Su-30 jet fighters.

Photo from sisaphus’ flickr photostream.

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