India moves forward with purchase of 111 helicopters for Navy

India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Indian Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, has approved the procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the Indian Navy, according to local media reports.

The DAC on October 31 accorded the Acceptance of Necessity (AON) for 111 armed light naval utility helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy under the Indian Ministry of Defense’s new strategic partnership policy.

Sixteen helicopters are expected to be procured in fly away condition from a foreign vendor, with the remaining 95 to be built in India by an Indian partner via joint ventures and technology transfers.

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