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Indian Sea Kings riddled with problems

28th July 2017 - 01:57 GMT | by Rohit C Silva in Delhi


The Indian Navy’s (IN) ageing UH-3H Sea Kings are riddled with deficiencies that have compromised their availability for missions, the country’s top auditor has revealed. 

The IN operates six such utility rotorcraft bought from the US a decade ago along with the landing platform dock (LPD) USS Trenton that was renamed INS Jalashwa.

India’s comptroller and auditor general said the Sea Kings were supposed to provide all-weather assault transportation for troops, but their serviceability remained unsatisfactory since the LPD’s commissioning. 

Their serviceability was at its lowest at 27.1% in 2015-16, and it has hovered below the 50% mark since

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Rohit C Silva


Rohit C Silva

Rohit C Silva is a Shephard special correspondent based in New Delhi, India.

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