BAE Systems secures £18.5m contract

The Hawk jet is built in Lancashire

The Hawk jet is built in Lancashire

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BAE Systems has secured a five-year contract worth £18.5 million to provide ground support equipment, spares, and training for the Lancashire-built Hawk jet trainer in India.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has agreed a comprehensive package for the Hawk Mk132.

This is in support of HAL’s plans to establish a dedicated Repair & Overhaul facility for the aircraft in advance of a major servicing milestone anticipated in 2016.

The agreement was signed at Aero India 2015 by senior managers of the two businesses.

The Hawk is one of the major aircraft built at the BAE’s Military Air and Information division in Lancashire.

Orders and backup contracts for the Hawk, the Typhoon and the American F35 are vital in securing jobs for thousands of workers at Warton and Samlesbury.

Steve Timms, Managing Director, Defence Information, Training and Services, said: “This agreement deepens our partnering commitment to HAL and further develops HAL’s in-country capabilities that are helping to deliver an enhanced training capability to the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.”

India is the largest operator of the Hawk advanced jet trainer with 123 aircraft ordered to date, of which over 90 have been delivered to the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.