The Indian Navy has confirmed plans for 110 new helicopters to replace its existing ageing fleet.
The Navy currently operates Russian-made Kamov-226T helicopters, which first came into service in 2002. However, these are seen by some of the country’s military strategists as falling short of requirements after 15 years of technological advances.
The new helicopters will be manufactured in the country through the ‘Made In India’ programme, with contracts put out to tender within the next few weeks.
“As the strategic partnership policy has been cleared by the government, an expression of interest would be issued to the Indian firms by the Defence Ministry in the next few weeks to buy 110 copters, which would be under the ‘Made in India’ project,” revealed a government spokesperson.