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IAF Receives Full Fleet Of Hawk Trainer Jets

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  1. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    IAF Receives Full Fleet Of Hawk Trainer Jets

    The Indian Air Force has received all of the 66 Hawk advance Jet Trainers which it had ordered from BAE Systems. The company was made to pay 6.5 Million Sterling Pounds for supplying faulty components that delayed the supply of the aircraft to the Indian Air Force.

    Due to the delay in supplying components for the manufacturing of the Hawk Trainers in India, the IAF had to train its pilots on Mig-21's in 2010-11.

    Lack of advance jet trainers has seriously hampered the IAF's efforts to train it's pilots on advance platforms. It takes years for pilots to graduate to a level that they can fly the sophisticated Su-30MKI fighter jets.

    But with the new induction of the 66 Hawk Jet Trainers, the IAF is not under immense pressure. The force is now placing an order for an additional 66 Hawk Jet Trainers bringing the total number of Hawks in the IAF's inventory to 140+. Apart from the Hawk Aircraft, the IAF will start inducting the Pilatus PC7 trainer aircraft from Switzerland.

    With so many advance trainer aircrafts in the inventory, it will allow the IAF to revive the famous Surya Kiran team that flies the Kiran Intermediate jet trainers. However, the IAF still lacks an intermediate Jet Trainer Aircraft which HAL is developing but is facing design problems.

    Defence News - IAF Receives Full Fleet Of Hawk Trainer Jets
     
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    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Within a year or two, this will be flying with all it's glory.

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    IAF won't have to worry about trainer fleet for a decade or two.
     
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