British Official Says India To Buy 57 Hawk Jets

NEW DELHI (AP) -- A British official says India has agreed to buy 57 more Hawk training jets from Britain in a deal worth about $800 million.

The agreement was signed during a three-day visit to India by British Prime Minister David Cameron, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media. The planes -- 40 meant for the Indian Air Force and the rest for the navy -- will be manufactured in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, under license from Britain's BAE systems.

India bought 66 of the advanced jet trainers from Britain in 2004 for $1.45 billion, after 18 years of negotiations.

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