India prepares to acquire further 30 MK-132 Hawk trainer airplanes
New Delhi, India - The Defence Minister, Parrikar, anticipated it, but the talks are still "On the high seas"
According to the Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar declared, the military authorities are considering the acquisition of an extra batch of the MK-132 Hawk, the advanced intermediate trainer airplanes of the British BAE Systems. In detail according to a contract not yet made in terms of industrial compensation, they will be realized in India upon concession by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics). An acquisition of which the Navy needs, for 30 units, that would go to add (but the conditional is compulsory) to the order for 20 units of the same type for the Air Force, still in a negotiation phase. Regarding the batch of 30, Parrikar affirmed: "We are negotiating for the price. Only once established it, we could announce the final results". About the model: IAF (Indian Air Force) will have a total of 106 between those in fleet and ordered; currently the naval air force (INAA, Indian Naval Air Arm) has 10 out 17 ordered, the last seven of them will be delivered between 2016 and 2017. A separate question is about the Indian Coast Guard: the New Delhi's Government is currently committed to fill a gap with aim to have over 150 ships and 100 airplanes within 2020.
World Aeronautical Press Agency