WORlD’S laRgeSt chOP­PeR cOm­Pe­ti­tiON De­layeD

SP's NavalForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES - By SP’S SPe­cial cOR­Re­SPON­DeNt

It has been con­firmed that de­lays have once again cast un­cer­tainty over the In­dian Navys re­quest for prop­sal (RFP) for the highly an­tic­i­pated naval multi-role he­li­copter (NMRH) re­quire­ment, en­vis­ag­ing 120 multi-role he­li­copters for the Navy to be pro­cured through the Buy & Make route of the de­fence pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dure. In all re­spects, it is likely to be the sin­gle largest he­li­copter ten­der by any Navy any­where in the world.

A bil­lion-dol­lar com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the NH In­dus­tries NH90 and Siko­rsky S-70B Sea­hawk for the sep­a­rate multi-role he­li­copter (MRH) re­quire­ment re­mains de­layed as a re­sult of off­sets snags, fur­ther de­lay­ing the In­dian NavyÕs is­suance of the NMRH RFP. Sources say things could fi­nally be mov­ing for­ward with the RFP, though it will not be re­leased this fi­nan­cial year.

As re­ported ear­lier by SPs, the Navy needs the NMRH chop­pers for anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare, spe­cial mis­sions over sea and land and util­ity/troop/lo­gis­ti­cal op­er­a­tions. Un­like the MRH, which is a two-horse race be­tween Siko­rsky and NH In­dus­tries, the NMRH — which at 120 he­li­copters is per­haps the largest he­li­copter ten­der in the world — will be a three-way com­pe­ti­tion fought be­tween the Lock­heed Martin/Siko­rsky com­bine of­fer­ing the MH-60 Romeo he­li­copter, the Air­bus He­li­copter EC725 — also pitched for the In­dian Coast Guards re­quire­ment of 16 shore-based multi-role he­li­copters — and the NH90 in ser­vice with the navies of Nether­lands and France. It is un­clear at this time if Siko­rsky will sep­a­rately pitch a navalised ver­sion of the H-92 Su­per­hawk, though there have been re­ports to sug­gest it may be con­sid­er­ing the op­tion

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