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India agrees to buy 57 Hawk jets worth about $800 million

British Aerospace has won a Rs 3,640 crore ($800 million) order to provide the Indian Air Force and Navy with 57 additional Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers.

The final terms and conditions for the contract were signed in the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is in India on an official visit.

India has already contracted BAE to supply 66 Hawks for the Indian Air Force. The jets are being assembled by Hindustan Aeronautics in Bangalore (HAL).

The Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk aircraft enable young pilots to make the transition from basic trainer aircraft to high performance fighters like the Sukhoi 30 or the Mirage 2000 which the Indian Air Force operates.

- NDTV Inputs

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