HAL rolls out first indigenously upgraded Hawk-i

HAL rolls out first indigenously upgraded Hawk-i

Aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132, named Hawk-i.

“This is the 100th Hawk aircraft produced at HAL and we are proud that it has the Make in India mark. HAL had conceived a programme for indigenous upgrading of the Hawk Mk132 for achieving self-reliance and has successfully accomplished it,” said HAL chairman and managing director T Suvarna Raju.

The advanced jet trainer will be part of the flight displays at the forthcoming aerospace exposition, Aero-India 2017.

The upgrade of Hawk aircraft was taken up at HAL so as to be independent in matters such as integration of new sub-systems or modifications, obsolescence management of avionics systems and to enhance the aircraft operational and training capabilities.

HAL has rolled out its own aircraft with the upgrade features in a record time, said Raju.

In the Hawk upgrading programme, imported mission computer and data transfer units have been substituted with HAL-designed and developed systems.

Additional capabilities
This indigenous mission computer in the dual redundant configuration has additional capabilities such as digital map generation, which provides improved situational awareness.

The embedded virtual training system offers improved training capability over the existing system.

Hawk-i also provides secured voice communication and data link capability by integration of Softnet Radio and pilots can configure and select cockpit Human Machine Interface for different aircraft platforms.
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