Naval re­quire­ment for 111 util­ity he­li­copters

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

On 30 Oc­to­ber, the gov­ern­ment ac­cepted the ne­ces­sity (AON) for pro­cure­ment of 111 naval util­ity he­li­copters (NUH) worth Rs 21,738 crore for the In­dian Navy, mak­ing this the first pro­posal un­der the strate­gic part­ner­ship model to get ap­proval. Ini­tially, 16 NUHs will be pro­cured in a ‘fly away’ state from the se­lected for­eign orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer (OEM) and the re­main­ing 95 will be made by the strate­gic part­ner in In­dia. The RFI states that the he­li­copters should per­form multi-roles in­clud­ing search and res­cue, med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion, anti-piracy, dis­as­ter re­lief and sur­veil­lance. The RFI also seeks in­for­ma­tion on the kind of tor­pe­does com­pat­i­ble with NUH. Firms in­clud­ing Bell, Siko­rsky and Air­bus, are likely con­tenders for this project.

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