India signs pact to buy 57 advanced jet trainers from Britain

22:19, July 28, 2010      

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India Wednesday inked a 775 million U.S. dollar deal with Britain to procure an additional 57 Hawk advanced jet trainers from the British Aerospace Company, sources said.

"The deal was signed between British defense group BAE Systems and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in Bangalore, where British Prime Minister David Cameron is currently camping during his first visit to this country since taking office in May. The pact is a follow-on deal after India bought 24 such jet trainers two years back," the sources said.

The aircraft will be used for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, the sources said.

As India plans to spend 100 billion U.S. over the next decade to upgrade its defense system, it has said that it needed at least 180 training jets over the next few years.

"India is replacing the Soviet-era defense system with those from the United States and UK," they said.

Source: Xinhua


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