Indian Navy reduces the number of purchased Russian Ka-31 helicopters

Indian Navy reduces the number of purchased Russian Ka-31 helicopters

Naval helicopter of the radar patrol Ka-31 aviation The Indian Navy


The Indian naval forces have decided to reduce the number of additional Ka-31 helicopters purchased in Russia. According to the Indian newspaper The Economic Times, instead of a pre-announced batch of ten helicopters, the Indian Navy will purchase only six.

According to the publication, the reduction in the purchase of ship helicopters of the Ka-31 radar patrol is due to insufficient funding for the Indian fleet. Instead of the planned $ 7,654 billion, the Indian Navy will receive only $ 2020 billion in 5,815.

Earlier, the Indian fleet announced the conclusion in 2020 of a contract for the supply of ten additional Ka-31 radar patrol helicopters. To date, the Indian Navy has 14 Ka-31 helicopters received under two contracts concluded in 2001 and 2009. All helicopters are part of the 339th Squadron of Aviation of the Indian Navy (INAS 339 'Falcons'), deployed at the Hansa Air Base in Goa. India is the largest operator of these helicopters.

In addition to India, 9 Ka-31 helicopters were delivered to China for naval aviation of the PLA Navy in 2010-2012. The Russian Navy is armed with only two serial Ka-31R helicopters (red tail numbers "90" and "91"), delivered in 2012.

According to the bmpd blog, in addition to reducing the purchase of Russian helicopters, the Indian Navy reduces the number of prospective minesweepers planned for order from twelve to eight units, once again postpones its long-suffering program for the acquisition of four universal landing ships and reduces the purchase of additional Boeing P-8I Neptune base patrol aircraft from ten to six units.

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  1. Orkraider 17 January 2020 11: 57 New
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    Maybe 4 pieces will be sent to our Navy? Since there were plans to produce 10 pieces and deliver to India laughing
    No need to change plans, it is necessary to fulfill them)))
    And then a shoemaker without helicopters, most likely with a pair.
    1. Paul Siebert 17 January 2020 16: 16 New
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      I completely agree!
      It is unfortunate that our helicopter builders will not receive export dollars or rupees.
      But maybe they will receive domestic rubles from the Russian Navy?
  2. Chaldon48 17 January 2020 12: 01 New
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    Russia for the operation of machines of its own construction outsider. Sad
    1. neri73-r 17 January 2020 12: 17 New
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      Russia for the operation of machines of its own construction outsider. Sad

      We have nothing to place them on!
      1. swzero 17 January 2020 12: 32 New
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        But what about Peter the Great, Nakhimov and other missile cruisers + blacksmiths. They need drills for target designation.
        1. neri73-r 17 January 2020 12: 42 New
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          Quote: swzero
          But what about Peter the Great, Nakhimov and other missile cruisers + blacksmiths. They need drills for target designation.

          These two, which are available in the Navy, are enough for these ships! Kuza needs a plane, not a helicopter, and the first two as well. Helicopter, this is a half measure.
          1. swzero 17 January 2020 12: 44 New
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            there is no deck aircraft and is not expected, which is why the Indians buy helicopters
          2. Alexey RA 17 January 2020 13: 30 New
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            Quote: neri73-r
            Kuze needs a plane, not a helicopter

            So the AWACS plane from Kuznetsov will not take off.
            To base the 1143.5 AWACS aircraft, it was originally planned to install a catapult, but then, under the pressure of Ustinov and Amelko, they removed it from the project.
  3. Mavrikiy 17 January 2020 12: 04 New
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    The Indian Navy decided to reduce the number of additional Ka-31 helicopters purchased in Russia
    That's right, the army of samples do not need full-fledged military units. Even let them cancel the contract for the purchase of Kalash, and boil as many as 4 pieces. repeat
  4. av58 17 January 2020 12: 08 New
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    The helicopter version is export, for the Russian Navy, without making changes to the side, they are not needed. However, if the turkeys turn their noses off our helicopters, then they can be offered to Pakistan.
    Packs will definitely buy, especially if they are sure that the helicopters are in the Indian configuration: the machine itself is good, and the enemy’s potential becomes known.
    1. rocket757 17 January 2020 12: 18 New
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      Quote: av58
      it is quite possible to offer Pakistan.

      An interesting option!
    2. moreman78 17 January 2020 12: 22 New
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      They are unnecessary to the packs, due to the lack of aircraft carriers!
    3. Paranoid50 17 January 2020 12: 57 New
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      Quote: av58
      if turkeys turn their nose from our helicopters,

      Yes they would be glad, but
      , a decrease in the volume of purchases of ship helicopters of the Ka-31 radar patrol is associated with insufficient funding for the Indian fleet. Instead of the planned $ 7,654 billion, the Indian Navy will receive only $ 2020 billion in 5,815.
  5. Anchonsha 17 January 2020 12: 24 New
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    Something the Indians are directing their finances to other areas of their economy .. Something is probably more necessary.
    1. knn54 17 January 2020 12: 53 New
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      Su-30 are in full swing. Production of KR "BraMos" is increasing.
  6. TermNachTer 17 January 2020 18: 06 New
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    I’m still figuring with these Indians. There is money for expensive Apaches and Chinooks, but no for relatively cheap Ka-31s. Who, after that, will call them smart? Especially if they are going to compete with China. Even some exercises were carried out.
    1. Kasym 17 January 2020 23: 34 New
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      Different functions. Ka-31 - helicopter radar patrol. This is an expensive helicopter.
      Apache and Chinook have other tasks.
      Hindus strike with their "hodgepodge" from around the planet - apparently for a reason. It looks like a second copy country will appear soon. Surely they’re studying. Well, then ... they’ll raise their defense industry to the modern level. Why don't they learn from Beijing? So they collect "samples" from all over the planet.
      But still, the percentage of Russian-Soviet weapons is high. Aviation and BTT, fleet, MLRS and artillery. hi
      1. TermNachTer 18 January 2020 00: 34 New
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        It is clear that the Ka - 31 is not cheap, but it’s much cheaper than the “Apache”; there, in general, the amount was voiced breathtaking. They started using someone else’s experience a long time ago - their “arguments” and “tejasas” are a good example of this. But the combat value of these prodigies is very dubious.