£59 Million Indian Hawk Spares Contract for BAE Systems

NEW DELHI, INDIA-Rein­forc­ing BAE Sys­tems’ strong rela­tion­ship with the Indi­an Air Force (IAF) and air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­it­ed (HAL), the com­pa­ny has recent­ly secured a £59 mil­lion con­tract for the pro­vi­sion of spares and ground sup­port equip­ment to aid the Hawk train­ing air­craft oper­a­tions. This brings the total val­ue of Hawk relat­ed con­tracts won in India to more than £600 mil­lion in the last 18 months. Hawk is man­u­fac­tured in India under license by Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­it­ed with mate­ri­als, parts and sup­port ser­vices pro­vid­ed by BAE Sys­tems.

Guy Grif­fiths, BAE Sys­tems’ Group Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Inter­na­tion­al, said, “The Indi­an Air Force has one of the largest fleets of Hawks any­where in the world, and this con­tract is vital to ensure the con­tin­ued avail­abil­i­ty of the fleet. This new order strength­ens the robust pro­duc­tion plat­form estab­lished by our part­ner HAL for the air­craft, which remains the bench­mark advanced jet train­er in ser­vice today.”

Under­lin­ing BAE Sys­tems’ grow­ing pres­ence in India, Defence Land Sys­tems India (DLSI), the company’s joint ven­ture with Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, has begun deliv­ery of a small, but strate­gi­cal­ly impor­tant, order from the police in the East­ern state of Jhark­hand for the company’s mine pro­tect­ed vehi­cle. Man­u­fac­tured using tech­nolo­gies and skills trans­ferred to the joint ven­ture by BAE Sys­tems South Africa, where it is a world leader in the design and man­u­fac­ture of mine pro­tect­ed vehi­cles, this is the first such vehi­cle to be indige­nous­ly designed and man­u­fac­tured by a pri­vate­ly owned defence com­pa­ny in India.

BAE Sys­tems has been devel­op­ing India as one of its five Home Mar­kets since 2009, in addi­tion to Aus­tralia, the King­dom of Sau­di Ara­bia, the Unit­ed King­dom and the Unit­ed States. Today, BAE Sys­tems India has near­ly one hun­dred employ­ees. In addi­tion, the company’s two Joint Ven­tures, Defence Land Sys­tems India, a land sys­tems focused joint ven­ture with Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, and BAe­HAL, a soft­ware engi­neer­ing joint ven­ture with Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd based in Ban­ga­lore, togeth­er employ over 500 peo­ple.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Indu Anand, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +91 (11) 4341 2345

John Neil­son, BAE Sys­tems

Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384795

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