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India approves pursuit of naval helicopters

29th August 2018 - 02:45 GMT | by KP Sanjeev Kumar in Mumbai


The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of India’s MoD accorded approval to the Indian Navy’s (IN) case for procurements of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) at a cost of more than INR210 billion ($3.02 billion) and 24 MH-60R Multirole Helicopters (MRH) for shipborne anti-submarine, anti-surface roles.

Acceptance of necessity for the NUH was given on 31 October 2017, following an RfI issued on 22 August 2017 for the NUH and 123 Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRH).

These two programmes are key to the IN’s efforts to bolster its helicopter fleet after years of tardy procurement.

Such accelerated approvals are unusual in the

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KP Sanjeev Kumar


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KP Sanjeev Kumar is a former navy test pilot,  who blogs at He has …

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