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Know about – Hawk AJTs Mk. 132 training jets and BAE systems - India Signs Deal for 57 more Hawk AJTs

Know about – Hawk AJTs Mk. 132 training jets and BAE systems - India Signs Deal for 57 more Hawk AJTs

Reality views by sm –
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Indian government has agreed to purchase 57 Hawk training jets, Hawk AJTs (advanced jet trainers) from BAE systems England, for Indian air force and Indian Navy .
BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will supply India with 57 Hawk military training jets in a deal worth around US1.09 billion
BAE will supply 40 trainer jets to the air force and the remainder to the navy.

The deal, worth 500 million sterling for BAE systems and up to 200 million sterling for Rolls-Royce, will boost British defence firms looking to break into the huge Indian defence market mostly controlled by Russian, US and Israeli companies.

The Hawker-Siddeley Hawk is an advanced jet trainer which first flew in 1974 and is produced today as the BAE Hawk.

In 2004, India purchased 66 Hawk Training Jets and this is second order to purchase 57 more Hawk trainers. In 2004, HAL had signed a nearly Rs8, 000 crore contract for 66 Hawk trainers from BAE Systems.

The BAE Hawk Mk 132 serves as an advanced jet trainer in the IAF and is progressively replacing the Kiran Mk.II.
The Hawk 132 would adequately serve as lead in trainer for Su-30 MKI, Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 Advanced aircraft.

Problem with this Hawk - I feel that this Hawk Jet will not be useful to train IAF pilots for the 5th generation war planes, aircrafts.
Again in future we have to purchase new training jets from UK or USA or Europe.

But already we Indians are using this trainer jets, and we started to manufacture this jets in India, government may have agreed to buy these jets.
For how many years these jets will be useful for training.

The Hawk Mk. 132 is the latest export variant of the Hawk and was previously known as the Mk. 115Y.
The Mk. 132 formally entered service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 23 February 2008

Year 2008 - 2009
More than 75 IAF pilots got training at RAF Hawk fleet at RAF Valley and around
100 IAF engineering officers and technicians got training technicians in BAE Systems’ Technical Training Academy at Warton

The first IAF Hawk AJT crashed at 406 Air Force Station Bidar at 12.40PM on April 29, 2008.

The Navy will get 17 of the 57 new Hawks, which will also be manufactured by HAL, for its own aircraft carrier-based fighter training. Towards this, Navy inked Rs 3,042-crore deal with HAL and in 2013 or 2014 navy will start to get delivery.
The air force needs 40 additional trainers, while the navy has sought 17 trainers to train pilots before they fly supersonic fighters such as MiG-21 and Sukhoi 30MkI.

The Hawks already inducted at the Bidar airbase are being used to train rookie IAF pilots on the intricacies of combat fighter jet flying.

The first aircraft was delivered to the Indian Air Force in December 2007.

By June '08, BAE Systems has delivered 12 of the UK-built jets to the Indian Air Force. In addition BAE Systems has delivered 1,500 tonnes of raw material, 3,500 tools and 15 million components for the aircraft that will be built in India.

BAE Systems has delivered the 24th and final UK built Indian Hawk in November 2009
HAL handed over the first locally-built Hawk 132 to the IAF on 14 August 2008.
These aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce Mk 871 turbo fan engine.

Hawk Variants –
1. Hawk T1 - 1976
2. Hawk T1A
3. Hawk 50
4. Hawk 60
5. Hawk 100 , India is getting this variant Hawk 115
6. The Hawk Mk. 132 is variant of the Hawk and was previously known as the Mk. 115Y.
7. Hawk 108 (RMAF version)
8. Hawk 120/LIFT
9. Hawk 127
10. Hawk 127 (Australian version)
11. Hawk 128 (Hawk T2)
12. Hawk 200
13. Hawk 208 (RMAF version)
14. The T-45 Goshawk is a fully carrier-capable aircraft developed from the Hawk 60 for the United States Navy for use in aircraft carrier training

Australian Hawk 127 is equipped with Onboard Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) and in-flight refueling probe.

From this variant list I am sure you will get idea what we are purchasing.

Specifications (Hawk 128) –
General characteristics

• Crew: 2: student, instructor
• Length: 12.43 m (40 ft 9 in)
• Wingspan: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
• Height: 3.98 m (13 ft 1 in)
• Wing area: 16.70 m² (179.64 ft²)
• Empty weight: 4,480 kg (9,880 lb)
• Useful load: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)
• Max takeoff weight: 9,100 kg (20,000 lb)
• Power plant: 1× Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan with FADEC, 29 kN (6,500 lbf) 29 kN


• Maximum speed: 0.84 Mach (1,028 km/h, 638 mph) at altitude
• Range: 2,520 km (1,360 NM, 1,565 mi)
• Service ceiling: 13,565 m (44,500 ft)
• Rate of climb: 47 m/s (9,300 ft/min)
• Thrust/weight: 0.65


Note: all armament is optional.

• 1× 30 mm ADEN cannon, in centreline pod
• Up to 6,800 lb (3,085 kg) of weapons on five hardpoints, including:
• 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM on wing pylons and wingtip rails
• 1,500 lb (680 kg), limited to one centreline and two wing pylons (Hawk T1)

All the features of Jet trainer change as per order and need of the nation as well as honesty of politicians and government servants.

Know about BAE systems England -

BAE Systems plc is a British defence, security and aerospace company headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire, England
BAE systems was formed on 30 November 1999 by the £7.7 billion merger of two British companies, Marconi Electronic Systems (MES), the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc (GEC), and aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer British Aerospace (BAe).

In February 2010 BAE Systems agreed to pay £286 million in criminal fines to the Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice for failure to keep "reasonably accurate accounting records" with regard to activities in Tanzania and for "conspiring to make false statements to the US government."
Crucially, under a plea bargain with the US Department of Justice BAE was sentenced in March 2010 by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates to pay a $400 million fine, one of the largest fines in the history of the DOJ. U.S. District Judge John Bates said the company's conduct involved "deception, duplicity and knowing violations of law
Some of the £30m penalty BAE will pay in fines to the UK will be paid ex gratia for the benefit of the people of Tanzania.

BAE systems mainly deal with following nations –
Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, UK and US. In 2009 it added India to its list

BAE systems is -
1. 2nd largest global defence company based on 2009 revenues*
2. Approximately 107,000 employees worldwide
3. Global capability
4. Customers in over 100 countries
5. 2009 sales exceeded £22.4 billion
6. Patent applications filed in 2008 cover more than 200 new inventions

• Source: Defense News Annual Ranking, published June 2010

Photos of the AJT Hawk

Watch the Hawk AJT advanced training jet Video with short History –


deeps July 29, 2010  

hope they wont fall in some fields killing the ordinary people

sm,  July 30, 2010  


Anonymous,  June 26, 2011  

I cannot understand why you publish such rubbish as under "problem with the hawks"where the writer insinuates that these aircraft are not advanced enough to train 5th generation pilots for Su-30 Mirage 2000 aircraft we should have gone in for even more advanced trainers.Does this man realise then that rookie pilots will them not be able to handle these advanced trainers which he has in mind.It is like saying that since technology has advanced so much students should not be put through school, they should be put straight into college.Then only will they be able to handle the latest advances in engineering and medicine.Fortunately our nation still has some decision makers who understand the nitty gritty on such a complex issue.

SM June 27, 2011  


Ravindra August 28, 2012  

may i know the details of the IAF trainer MK 132 (previously known as MK 115Y), like Max. Takeoff Weight (kg)
2) Structural Empty Weight (kg)
3) Operating Empty Weight (kg)
4) Structural Empty weight ratio
5) Operating Empty Weight ratio
6) Fuel Weight (kg)
7) Crew Weight (kg)
8) Payload Weight (kg)
9) Cruising Altitude (m)
10) Cruising Speed (m/s)
11) Range during Cruise (m)