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General Dynamics inks five-year support contract with HAL for IP transfer Print E-mail
Written by James   
Friday, 11 February 2011
Bangalore: General Dynamics UK has signed a five-year support contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to deliver Hawk support. A key component of the contract is the licensing of General Dynamics UK's Intellectual Property (IP) such as documents, training & technology to HAL for the service life of Indian Hawk.

In addition to this, General Dynamics will undertake and provide training to the user community, programme set-up and facilities analysis, a 3rd/4th line test set, spare parts and reference units, In-Service Support for the duration of the contract.

This type of licensing is a key requirement of the Indian Ministry of Defence.

"I am delighted to announce General Dynamics UK's first Indian contract, signed less than 12 months after entering the Indian market," said Dr. Sandy Wilson, President and Managing Director of General Dynamics UK. "India is a key market for General Dynamics UK and this contract plays to just one of our many core competencies -- Avionics. I look forward to delivering other key capabilities to our Indian customers in the near future such as Battlefield Management System (BMS), Airfield Security and Armoured Fighting Vehicles."

The company signed a £4.9 million seven-year contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to support the Indian Air Force's fleet of Hawk aircraft. General Dynamics UK has been contracted by HAL to establish an overhaul capability to provide 3rd and 4th line servicing for all the Indian Air Force's & Navy's Hawk MK 132 aircraft's Stores Management Systems (SMS). The Hawk SMS includes two Weapons Control Panels (WCP) and one Weapons Programming Unit (WPU) manufactured and supplied by General Dynamics UK.

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