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Indian MoD moves naval heli programme forward

7th November 2017 - 13:35 GMT | by KP Sanjeev Kumar in Bangalore


Heralding one of the biggest helicopter programmes in South Asia, the Indian Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accorded 'acceptance of necessity' for the Indian Navy’s 111 NUH programme on 31 October.

The approval for this programme, valued at INR 217.38 billion (US$ 3.5 billion), follows a RfI issued earlier on 22 August for the NUH and 123 NMRH.

For a navy used to operating vintage utility Alouettes, Sea King and Kamov-28 anti-submarine helicopters, these two programmes aim to fill a critical capability gap that existed as of many years.

Both programmes will be executed under

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

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