India - Britain gives green
light to India for Hawks Purchase (01 Jul
The India Air Force's long awaited plan to procure
advanced jet trainers (AJTs) is finally receiving some headway
as the British government has given the green light for the acquisition
of 20 Hawk-128 AJTs for the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Previous reports stated that RAF had rejected British Aerospace-manufactured
Hawk AJTs. However, further clarifications showed that the RAF
would introduce 20 Hawk-128s, with a further option of another
22. The total deal is worth around 800 million pounds.
The government had told Parliament that the purchase of the AJTs
has been delayed due to a hold up in price negotiations. The IAF
has been demanding AJTs for the past 20 years to train recruits
to fly highly demanding supersonic jets like MiG-21s. Officials
say the defence ministry has now forwarded the AJT file to the
Cabinet for a final decision.