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tee of Ex­perts un­der the chair­man­ship of Dhiren­dra Singh to iden­tify bot­tle­necks, of­fer sim­pli­fied pro­ce­dural so­lu­tions and in­cor­po­rate best prac­tices from global de­fence pro­cure­ment poli­cies. The Com­mit­tee ad­vised sev­eral en­cour­ag­ing ini­tia­tives, the most rad­i­cal of which was a Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Model (SPM). An­other body, Aa­tre Com­mit­tee, was set up to fur­ther ex­plore and for­malise this con­cept's in­clu­sion into the DPP 2016. copter pro­grammes this year. The In­dian Navy's quest for a wor­thy naval util­ity he­li­copter (NUH), naval multi-role he­li­copter (NMRH) and medium lift he­li­copter for the Coast Guard con­tin­ues, as does its search for am­phibi­ous mar­itime pa­trol air­craft (AMPA). The In­dian Air Force, hav­ing signed trans­port and at­tack he­li­copter deals in 2015, is on the look­out for an­other ro­tor­craft plat­form to ex­tend its re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance abil­i­ties. Af­ter adding the lethal Rafale to its arse­nal, the In­dian Air Force is now ag­gres­sively look­ing for an­other sin­gle-en­gine fighter air­craft and should look to con­clude the MRTT and AVRO re­place­ment pro­grammes this year.

The au­thors are part of the A&D team at EY In­dia

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