BAE Systems has signed a £59 million ($92.2 million) deal with India to provide spares and ground training equipment related to the nation's Hawk advanced jet trainers.

"The Indian air force has one of the largest fleets of Hawks anywhere in the world, and this contract is vital to ensure the continued availability of the fleet," said Guy Griffiths, BAE's group managing director, international.

Hawk 132s now entering use are built under licence at Hindustan Aeronautics' Bengaluru factory, with BAE having completed its first 24 examples.

Hawk 132 India - BAE Systems 

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The Indian air force has an active inventory of 35 Hawks, with another 70 on order, as listed in Flightglobal's MiliCAS database. The nation's navy also will receive 17 Hawks under a separate deal.

Source: Flight International