Controversy is brewing here over the delay in India’s attempt to buy 66 BAE Systems Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) Mk132s, which were ordered in 2004. The issue has become more urgent following the grounding of India’s roughly 120 basic trainers. While the Indian Air Force (IAF) has received 24 aircraft in fly-away condition, the remaining 42 to be assembled by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have been delayed. The 24th Hawk, although ready, is still in the U.K. under a new contract ...


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