BAE clinches $784m India Hawk deal
New Delhi, August 1, 2010
BAE Systems said it has secured a £500 million ($784.2 million) order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the premier aerospace company in India, to supply products and services for manufacture of Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft.
As per the contract with HAL, the global defence, security and aerospace company will help enable a further 57 Hawk AJT aircraft to be built under licence in India for the Indian Air Force (40 aircraft) and Indian Navy (17 aircraft).
The aircraft will be manufactured under licence at HAL’s facilities in Bangalore and BAE Systems will provide specialist engineering services, the raw materials and equipment necessary for airframe production and the support package for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy end users.
The final terms and conditions for the contract were signed by Guy Griffiths Group managing director (International), BAE Systems, in the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron on his historic visit to India and BAE Systems’chairman Dick Olver.
Commenting on the news, BAE Systems Group managing director, Programmes and Support, Nigel Whitehead said, “HAL is the premier aerospace company in India and BAE Systems is proud to be able to build on its long-standing relationship with HAL to deliver a further batch of this excellent aircraft to increase the Indian Air Force’s fast jet training capacity and establish a similar fast jet training solution for the Indian Navy.'
'The Hawk AJT fast jet training solution enables an Air Force or Navy to provide front line pilots for even the most modern fighter aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon or Sukhoi SU-30,' he stated.
Guy Griffiths said, 'This new order continues and strengthens the long standing relationship between BAE Systems and HAL. It highlights the importance of BAE Systems’ strategic development of India as a home market, and the benefit of solid Government support.'
This year BAE Systems and Mahindra & Mahindra launched Defence Land Systems India a joint venture whose first product is a mine protected vehicle designed and developed specifically for India.
'BAE Systems is committed to developing a domestic business in India and will continue working with industry in India to develop further capabilities in the defence and security sectors,' Griffiths added.
With 18 customers, the Hawk aircraft has been widely exported around the world. Customers include Australia, Canada, South Africa, Bahrain, India and the UK Royal Air Force.
Prior to today’s announcement BAE Systems was already working with HAL and Rolls-Royce to supply 66 Hawk aircraft to the Indian Air Force and this additional order will extend the current partnership for a further six years.
BAE Systems said it was committed to the development of a long term sustainable domestic business in India, not just in manufacturing, but in design, development, systems integration, testing and support.
The company firmly supports the Government of India’s objective of procuring 70 per cent of defence equipment domestically.
The further development of its long relationship with HAL, and the establishment of Defence Land Systems India are real examples of the company’s determination to take active steps to demonstrate its support for the Government of India and India’s defence services, it added.-TradeArabia News Service