Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to invite Russia to partake in the $3 billion light-utility helicopters project while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today.
The helicopters are meant not only for the use of the Indian Armed Forces but also for export. The initiative is also the first major project since the launch of ‘Make in India’.
The deal will require public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) or an Indian private firm to partner with a foreign firm to produce the Kamov-226T helicopters.
In India, the bidding for these ‘reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters’ is restricted to Indian firms and their joint venture partner, according to the Hindustan Times.
In the first phase, the order could be for 384 helicopters, which could later be increased to 600 to replace the ailing Cheetah/Chetak fleet used by the Indian army and air force, senior government officials told the newspaper.
Earlier in October, the Indian Minister of Defense cancelled the tender to procure 197 light-utility helicopters from foreign firms. Competitors included the Russian Kamov-226T, Eurocopter and Bell.
Meanwhile, Alexey Likhachev, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development told the Russia and India Report in October “we propose the development of specific projects that absolutely correspond to the local national agenda – “Make in India”. Our task is not just to deliver our goods to the Indian market, but establish manufacturing and create service centres here.
The Indian Army has asked its personnel to stop using the highly popular messaging app, WhatsApp after a number of unsigned messages showed up on social media sites following the Uri encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. According to national news network NDTV, these messages are thought to have been widely circulated on WhatsApp by serving officers, possibly an indicator of discontentment with PM Modi's remarks on Monday where he is accused by the opposition of politicising the Budgam shootout where two innocent young men had been shot dead by the Army
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to release Phase II of its 3D Mobile Air Combat game, ‘Guardians of the Skies (GOTS) on the android, iOS and windows mobile app stores on December 11, 2014 at the Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park. GOTS takes the player to a simulated world, wherein the player becomes the part of Air Force engaging in air combat operations against a fictitious country called Zaruzia
The Indian Ministry of Defense has signed a contract with Atlas Elektronik for the delivery of six active towed array sonar systems (ACTAS) for the Indian Navy. The total contract volume is approximately 40 million Euros
The Indian Navy has selected Sikorsky's S-70B Seahawk helicopter to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW). The Navy is planning to procure 16 S-70B Seahawk helicopters, with an option for eight additional aircraft, along with a complete logistics support and training program
Major deals for defense co-operation between Moscow and New Delhi are likely to be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putins visit to India, Russias ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin said in an interview with Sputnik Saturday. Putin is expected to visit India on December 10-11 for the 15th Annual India-Russia Summit
Money allocated for modernization of the Indian Armed Forces has fallen short of requirement during fiscal 2014-15. According to figures presented before the Indian parliament earlier this week, the projections for the army, navy and air force are INR 33,167
The Fifth- Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project is expected to be top priority in talks between the Russian Defense Minister and Indian counterpart to be held on Wednesday at New Delhi. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu will arrive here tomorrow on a three-day visit to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar and review the ongoing cooperation and future prospects in the defence sector
Russian next generation nuclear powered attack submarines will continue to have a double-hull structure, according to Malakhit design bureaus deputy general director Nikolai Novoselov. “The displacement will be roughly similar to that of the Yasen-class subs – some 12,000 tons or even slightly less,” Malakhits deputy general director Nikolai Novoselov said in an interview with RIA Novosti
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