Govt Tells Parliament About BAE's Hawk AJT Screw-Up

The Indian MoD made this information available to Parliament today: Delivery of 42 (Hawk-AJT) aircraft was scheduled from 2007-2008 to 2010–2011 in a phased manner. Three aircraft were to be built from semi-knocked down (SKD) kits, three from completely knocked down (CKD) kits and 36 from raw material phase. The CKD and SKD kits were assembled on schedule. When production in raw material phase was taken up, it was found that the equipment supplied by the OEM had various shortcomings. The assembly jigs that were supplied did not meet the requirements, there was mismatch in the kits/components supplied, there were defects in major assemblies like the wing spar etc. These problems took time to overcome and hence affected the production schedule at HAL.

See a previous post on the BAE-HAL spat here.

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