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Indian AF's 1 Billion Hawk Deal Finally Signed
Apr 10th, 2004 at 12:37am
 
1BN HAWK JET DEAL HAS A LOW-KEY CONCLUSION

Brough: Nineteen years of uncertainty over a 1bn BAE Systems Hawk jets deal has finally reached a successful conclusion.

The huge contract with the Indian Government, which will see the company's Brough site build 24 new trainer jets, was signed yesterday.

However, despite the huge significance of the deal for the 2,000 strong workforce, the signing ended as a low-key affair.

Details were shrouded in secrecy, believed to be at the request of the Indian Government, and it was not even clear who signed the deal. It meant there was no repeat of the jubilant scenes witnessed at the Brough site last July, when an 800m deal with the British Ministry of Defence was announced.

However, the news was still met with delight by union leaders at Brough.

The site will build an initial batch of 24 Hawk jets for the Indian Government, with the first aircraft to be delivered in 2007. Another 42 Hawk jets will be manufactured in India.

A spokesman for BAE Systems confirmed the deal had been officially signed.

He said: "We are delighted the Indian government is now formally contracted for the world's best selling advanced jet trainer, the Hawk."
"This deal is not only great news for BAE Systems, but also for manufacturing capability and aerospace in the UK."

Roy Cartwright, works convenor at the site, said it proved the Hawk remained an excellent export product.

He said: "This is a massive relief to all the employees."

"We now have targets to hit and a great deal of work ahead of us. That is what we have all been working for."

Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson said the company was now in one its strongest position for many years.

He said: "This is excellent news for the economy of East Yorkshire."

Source: This is Hull (27th March, 2004)
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