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DAC Approves 22 Cheetal Choppers For Army
With the armed forces marred by long delays in replacing the vintage Cheetah/ Chetak choppers, Defence Ministry has approved a proposal to procure around 22 Cheetal helicopters for Army. The Army is planning to deploy these choppers for supporting its high altitude operations in Ladakh and Siachen. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex Ministry body headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to decide on procurements, cleared the proposal to procure around 22 Cheetal choppers for Army, Defence Ministry officials said.
Coast Guard USD 200 Million Chopper Tender Scrapped
The Defence Ministry has scrapped an Indian Coast Guard tender worth over USD 200 million to procure 16 light helicopters enhancing its surveillance capabilities. Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), offering its ALH Dhruv, and European Eurocopter with its twin-engine Panther MB -- were in the race for the deal expected to be worth over Rs 1,000 crore. The tender, issued in July last year, was cancelled by the Defence Ministry after it was found that the helicopter offered by Eurocopter was not compliant with one of the request for proposal requirements, Defence Ministry officials said here.
Samtel Ties Up With Uk’s Curtiss-Wright Controls Defence Solutions For Manufacture Of Displays For Choppers
In one of the largest Defence orders offered to a private Indian firm by a global manufacturer, Samtel Avionics and Defence Systems have signed a contract estimated at Rs 500 crore with the UK-based Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. As per the contract that was signed recently, Samtel will make high-definition, rugged liquid crystal cockpit displays for Curtiss-Wright's customers that include majors like Eurocopter, Sikorsky and Agusta Westland. According to Executive Director of Samtel Avionics Mr. P.Kalra, Samtel has signed a 7-year contract with British giant Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions.
Decision on Acquiring 197 Light Utility Helicopters for the Armed Forces by Next Month
India’s prestigious helicopter acquisition plans may finally get clearer by the end of the month as the Defence Ministry scrutinizes the report submitted by a special technical committee regarding the acquisition process. The deal to procure 197 light utility helicopters for the Army and Air Force was stalled due to complaints of tender deviations. The Technical Oversight Committee has now submitted a report to the Defence ministry and the decision to either scrap or go ahead with the deal will be finalized after studying the report.
No Finance Ministry Objection To Helicopter Trials
The Indian government has informed parliament that its finance ministry has not raised objections regarding the trial process for selection of 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters for the country's armed forces. India is in the tendering process to buy 197 of these helicopters, apart from 187 light utility helicopters to be designed and developed by the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for both the army and the air force. The light utility chopper is under design and development phase, while the reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters purchase is at an advanced stage of selection of the winner.
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