BAE Systems is looking at new joint programs with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) beyond the ongoing Hawk advanced jet trainer.
“Our business relationship with HAL should go beyond Hawk to work on new projects in 17 countries across the world where we have our presence,” BAE Chairman Dick Olver says.
HAL currently produces the Hawk Mk. 132 under license from the British aerospace firm. Of the 123 Hawks that India is buying, 24 were delivered in a fly-away condition by BAE, while the remaining 99 are being manufactured by HAL.
BAE and HAL have been partners since the 1940s, when Royal Air Force Tiger Moths were overhauled. The two companies also made Jaguar fighters in the 1980s and have been teamed on the Hawk project since the 1990s.
India is the second-largest market for the Hawk after the U.K., Olver says.
HAL chairman R.K. Tyagi says the state-run defense manufacturer is eager to continue its partnership with BAE. “A new business model such as Performance Based Logistics could be an area of cooperation, with HAL learning from BAE experiences,” he says.
Olver and BAE chief executive Ian King visited HAL’s aerospace facilities in Bengaluru on March 27.