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IAF plans for Hawk jet trainers shelved

IAF plans for Hawk jet trainers shelved
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Mar 17 2009. 09 52 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Mar 17 2009. 09 52 PM IST
New Delhi: Upset over problems relating to spares supply for British Hawk advanced jet trainers (AJTs), India has shelved plans to place follow-on orders for the aircraft and instead floated new tenders to supplement its trainer fleet.
Indian Air Force (IAF) officers said on Tuesday that the new tenders were issued about a month ago to six global aircraft manufacturers.
Surprisingly, the UK-based Hawk manufacturer, BAE Systems, finds a place among the six firms that had received the fresh tenders. But it was being approached for an upgraded version of the AJTs, people familiar with the matter said.
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First Published: Tue, Mar 17 2009. 09 52 PM IST