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India Signals Interest in BAE Hawk Jets for Aerobatic Displays

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- India has expressed an interest in making a third purchase of BAE Systems Plc Hawk jets, to be used for aerobatic displays, like Britain’s Red Arrows, according to officials from U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office.

The Indian government is interested in acquiring the advanced jet-trainer aircraft in the next two years to upgrade the air force’s Surya Kiran exhibition team, the officials told reporters after the British premier met his counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Cameron concludes a three-day visit to India today at the helm of the biggest ever U.K. trade delegation.

India bought 66 Hawks in 2004 and 57 in 2008 to train pilots. The 2008 sale was worth 500 million pounds ($773 million). The Royal Air Force uses 12 Hawks in its Red Arrows squadron.

Cameron told Singh that the RAF would help India fit smoke pods to allow them display the orange, green and white colors of the nation’s flag.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gonzalo Vina in New Delhi at gvina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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