Ten­der for naval util­ity he­li­copters

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Af­ter invit­ing in­for­ma­tion in 2010, the In­dian Navy has floated a ten­der for 56 naval util­ity he­li­copters (NUH) from global ven­dors. The Navy is look­ing to re­place its Chetak and multi-role anti-sub­ma­rine torpedo car­ry­ing he­li­copters with suit­able new-build light util­ity he­li­copters. “The he­li­copter should be a wheeled twinengine he­li­copter of mod­ern air­frame de­sign with mod­ern, proven, re­li­able and fuel-ef­fi­cient en­gines and fully in­te­grated ad­vanced avion­ics,” the Navy has stip­u­lated in its re­quest for pro­posal (RFP).

The Navy wants in­ter­ested con­tenders to field he­li­copters that are IFR ca­pa­ble with dual con­trols but ca­pa­ble of sin­gle pi­lot op­er­a­tions (the de­fault op­er­a­tional crew be­ing 2 pi­lots and an air­crew man diver). The day and night mis­sions to be un­der­taken by the new fleet would in­clude (a) search and res­cue, (b) ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion (CASEVAC), (c) lo­gis­tics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion du­ties in­clud­ing un­der slung cargo, (d) lim­ited ob­ser­va­tion and sur­veil­lance, (e) lim­ited elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence (ELINT) gath­er­ing, (f) anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) at­tack with light torpedo/depth charge, (g) pro­vide dy­namic re­sponse dur­ing aid to civil au­thor­i­ties, (h) anti-ter­ror­ism/ anti-piracy with small arms.

The Navy stip­u­lates that the he­li­copter must be able to op­er­ate from small decks and larger decks up to air­craft car­rier in ad­verse weather by day and night. Sig­nif­i­cantly, the Navy is look­ing to re­place its sin­gle-engine Chetaks with twin-engine NUHs.

In­dian Navy’s Chetak he­li­copter

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