IAF to induct Hawk-132 advanced jet trainers on Feb 23February 11th, 2008 - 6:24 pm ICT by admin
By Praful Kumar Singh
New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): The Hawk-132 advanced jet trainers (AJTs) will be inducted into the Indian Air Force on February 23 in the presence of Defence Minister A. K. Antony.
The induction of the five advanced jet trainers marks the operationalisation of the aircraft. It will be an important milestone in the training of future fighter pilots. Training for young pilots will start from July 2008, said an IAF source.
The AJTs will replace the more demanding MiG-21 for providing advanced training to the next generation of fighter pilots. The first two Hawk aircraft arrived at Bidar on November 12, 2007.
The induction of Hawk AJTs will fulfil a long-standing demand of the IAF that will effectively bridge the gap between the slow jet trainer such as Kiran and the advanced fighter aircrafts in the Air Force.
The IAF first felt the need for an AJT in 1982. To fill the quantum difference in the skill and judgement levels required by a young fighter pilot as he transits to state of the art fighters such as the Su-30 MKI, Mirage 2000 and MiG-29, the Hawk-132 would adequately serve as lead trainer for these advanced aircraft.
The Hawk-132 is a variant of the highly successful BAE Systems Hawk AJTs. It incorporates an open architecture mission computer, glass cockpit and a state of the art avionics suite including a new generation Inertial Navigation System with GPS (INGPS).
Hawk-132 is also equipped with several Indian components such as the communication sets, identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system and the radio altimeter.
In addition to being an AJT, the Hawk-132 is fully combat capable and can carry air-to-air missile and air-to-ground strikes. It can also be used as a lightweight fighter.
The contract for the supply of the Hawk AJT was signed between the IAF and BAE Systems in 2004. The deal envisaged a supply of 66 aircraft.
The first batch of 24 aircraft will be built at the BAE Systems’ facilities in Brough in East Yorkshire (UK), with flight-testing taking place at Warton. The remaining 42 aircraft will be manufactured under licence in India through a partnership with the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore.
The Bidar airfield, which is located in northwest Karnataka, will serve as the main operating base for the Hawk. This base has been a training establishment for trainee IAF pilots since 1963.
India would be the third biggest customer for Hawks, closely following in the footsteps of the British Royal Air Force and the South African Air Force.
The Hawk is in worldwide operation with 800 plus aircraft in use by 17 customers and 22 armed forces. The trainers have generated over 1.5 million flight hours in experience. (ANI)
- 123 Hawk trainers to be delivered by 2016: Antony - Aug 17, 2011
- India to buy 20 more Hawk jets for aerobatics team - Sep 14, 2012
- Accident-prone MiG-21 to be flown only by experienced pilots: IAF - Sep 01, 2011
- British PM to visit Infosys, HAL in India's tech hub - Jul 26, 2010
- India seals 700 mn pounds deal for 57 more BAE Hawks (Lead) - Jul 28, 2010
- New simulators for training air force pilots - May 09, 2012
- Surya Kiran aerobatics team to take to skies again - Oct 08, 2011
- BAE gets 500 mn pound order for Hawk jets for Indian forces - Jul 28, 2010
- BAE Systems upgrades Hawk trainer to near-front line status - Apr 19, 2011
- MiG-21 crashes in Punjab, pilot safe - Sep 06, 2011
- MiG crashes due to pilots' inexperience: IAF chief - Oct 08, 2011
- BAE bags $91 mn order to supply Hawk spares - Dec 12, 2011
- Antony dedicates Hawk AJTs to IAF - Feb 23, 2008
- HPT-32 trainer claimed lives of 23 pilots: IAF chief - Oct 03, 2011
- IAF to induct Hawk AJTs tomorrow - Feb 22, 2008
Tags: air missile, ajts, fighter aircrafts, fighter pilot, glass cockpit, ground strikes, hawk ajt, identification friend or foe, indian air force, inertial navigation system, jet trainer, jet trainers, lightweight fighter, mirage 2000, mission computer, open architecture, quantum difference, radio altimeter, slow jet, su 30 mki