The Indian Defense Ministry sent two requests for information (RFI) to the largest military helicopter manufacturers with a response time before October 6. After that, based on the data, the Ministry of Defense will leave the requirements for tenders, reports "Warspot"
Helicopter Sea King Indian Navy
In total, the Indian Navy plans to purchase 234 units of equipment: 111 naval helicopters (naval utility helicopters, NUH) and 123 naval multipurpose helicopters (naval multi-role helicopters, NMRH). Details of the upcoming transaction will be known only after the tender, but now the defense ministry calls the purchase “multi-billion”.
The new naval helicopters will replace the outdated HAL Chetak (a licensed copy of the French Aérospatiale Alouette III). Naval multipurpose helicopters should replace the Sea King fleet, purchased from the UK back in 80-s. The purchase, if it takes place (previously, India has already canceled two tenders for the purchase of helicopters for the Navy), will be held under the program "Made in India" (Make in India). Today, more than half of the 140 warships do not have a helicopter assigned to them.