While this is the first time the conference is being held in India, the venue is quite appropriate, considering the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy will, together, constitute the largest operator of the aircraft once all deliveries are complete.
India’s HAL has issued an RFP to BAE Systems for the license production of 20 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft, meant to replace the HJT-16 Kiran Mk II aircraft of the IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatics team.
The Italian defense major will be represented at DefExpo by its group companies AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, DRS Tactical Systems, Inc. (a division of DRS Technologies), SELEX Galileo, Oto Melara and WASS – in DEFEXPO 2012, exhibiting products, platforms and technological solutions in the field of helicopters, aeronautic, radar systems, naval and land armaments and underwater systems.
The company will deliver Light Duty Ejector Release Units and Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) training aids for IAF Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft.
Four ships of the Indian Navy that had been deployed for exercises in European waters since May, have returned home. This was the first time the joint Indo-British naval exercise Konkan and the joint Indo-French naval exercise Varuna have been conducted outside Indian waters. Images inside.