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HAL to deliver 57 Hawk AJTs to IAF & Indian Navy from 2013 to 2016
Written by James, Ganesh   
Friday, 19 August 2011
New Delhi: The delivery of 57 Hawk AJTs from HAL - 40 are for the IAF and 17 are for the Indian Navy - will commence from 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2016. This follows a contract signed by the government with HAL in July 2010 for procurement of additional 57 Hawk AJTs.

"In March 2004, government had signed a contract with BAE Systems and Rolls Royce Turbomeca UK for procurement of 24 Hawk AJTs and with HAL, Bengaluru for license manufacture of another 42 AJT under Transfer of Technology (ToT) for IAF," said Defence Minister A K Antony.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has so far delivered 28 out of 42 aircraft contracted for licence manufacture under Transfer of Technology from BAE Systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF). This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in the Rajya Sabha.

BAE systems has already delivered all 24 aircrafts

For more self-reliance in defence production, government announced Defence Production Policy (DPP) in Jan 2011 to ensure expeditious procurement of requirements of the forces in terms of capabilities sought and time-frame prescribed by optimal utilization of allocated budget, he said.

Replying to a question on defence imports, Antony said, "Procurement of defence equipment is made from various indigenous as well as foreign sources to keep the forces in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality. Defence equipment have been imported from countries like US, Russia, Israel, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Ukraine, Italy, Singapore etc."

Value of contracts signed for import of defence equipment during the last three years under Capital acquisition is around Rs.46,389 crore. The contracted equipment are delivered by the vendors as per delivery schedule stipulated in the contract.

 
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