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India to upgrade dilapidated Ka-28s

2nd August 2016 - 09:31 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Rosoboronexport on 29 July to upgrade ten of its Kamov Ka-28 helicopters, of which only four are still in a flyable condition.

The Indian Navy (IN) uses these Ka-28s (an export version of the Ka-27PL) acquired in the mid-1980s for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and it has taken a protracted eight years for the MoD to sign a midlife upgrade contract.

The IN floated the requirement in 2008, although negotiations with Rosoboronexport continued for several years. The Defence Acquisition Council approved the upgrade in April 2015, but it took the personal intervention

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

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