Missing file delays Hawks for India’s Surya Kiran

An Indian Air Force Hawk Mk132, seen in 2007 in the UK. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
An Indian Air Force Hawk Mk132, seen in 2007 in the UK. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

A missing file has urged India to re-issue a Request for Proposal (RpF) this month for 20 Hawk trainer aircraft for the India Air Force’s Surya Kiran aerobatics Team. The team flew the Indian made HJT-16 Kiran MkII trainers previously, but ceased flying those in 2011 awaiting the new Hawks. Procurement of the new aircraft has now been delayed by up to a year.

Since 2004, India has ordered 123 BAe Systems Hawk Mk132 trainer aircraft, of which the first few were built in the UK, with the remainder being build by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore. Over 40 aircraft have already been delivered. The trainers will be used for Air Force and Navy jet pilot training.

Talk of an extra 20 aircraft for the Surya Kiran team has been around for several years. The deal is worth about 333 million USD. Authorities have ordered an inquiry into why and how the original RpF-file went missing,

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