Cobham has won an £18 million ($28 million) contract to supply weapons carriage and release equipment for the Indian air force's next batch of BAE Systems Hawk 132 advanced jet trainers.

The UK company's announcement follows the Indian government's £700 million deal in July for a further 57 Hawk 132s.

"Cobham's mission equipment strategic business unit will deliver significant quantities of light duty ejector release units and carrier bomb light stores training aids to BAE Systems between 2012 and 2014," says Cobham.

Hawk 132 India - BAE Systems
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The Indian government signed a £700 million deal in July for a further 57 Hawk 132s.

"Both of these systems are integrated onto a variety of platforms around the world and are already in service with the Indian air force following its first purchase of Hawks in 2004."

In the previous deal, India bought 66 Hawks following a lengthy acquisition process extending back to the 1980s.

Source: Flight International