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Aero India 2017: Airbus remains optimistic in India

20th February 2017 - 09:45 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangalore


Although Airbus Helicopters has every reason to feel aggrieved over the protracted and chaotic nature of Indian military acquisitions – just consider the twice-aborted Reconnaissance & Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) programme in which the AS550 C3 Fennec competed – the European company remains optimistic.

Speaking to Shephard at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore, Xavier Hay, president of Airbus Helicopters' division in India, outlined several key defence helicopter programmes for which it will be throwing its hat in the ring.

The Indian Navy (IN) is seeking an estimated 111 helicopters to replace Chetaks in the so-called naval utility helicopter project. Airbus is

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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