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Navy Planning To Issue World's Largest Chopper Tender
Expanding its size and area of operations, the Indian Navy is planning to issue world's one of the largest multirole helicopters tender with intention of procuring more than 75 such choppers expected to be worth over USD four billion. The Navy had recently asked global helicopter vendors to provide details about naval multirole helicopters and is planning to issue a global Request for Proposal (RFP) in this regard very soon. "The Indian Navy would require more than 75 of these Naval Multirole Helicopters (NMRH) and this would be world's largest tender for multirole helicopters.
Tata and Agusta Westland JV To Produce Aw119ke Helicopters In India
The joint venture firm between the European giant Agusta Westland and India’s Tata Sons called Indian Rotorcraft has decided to start the production of AW119Ke light helicopter in India. During the ceremony held in Hyderabad for the construction of the new production facility, Mr.Ratan Tata of Tata Sons and Bruno Spagnolini, CEO, AgustaWestland indicated that the facility will go a long way in contributing to the Indian aerospace industry. The joint venture firm called Indian Rotorcraft will start with the production of 8-seater AW119Ke light helicopters by mid-2013.
Sikorsky Offers M-70 B Sea Hawk Chopper to the Navy, Plans Production Hub in Hyderabad
The US aerospace major Sikorsky has offered to make the naval variant of the Black Hawk helicopter in India once the Indian Navy decides to buy it for its fleet. The M-70B Sea Hawk will be the naval variant which, according to Boeing, can be co-produced in India with significant transfer of technology and manufacturing capability. Currently, the Indian Navy already has a tender for 16 helicopters with an option of eight more twin-engine, 12.5 tonne category helicopters.
AgustaWestland Denies Irregularity in VVIP Helicopter Deal
Few days after the Defence Ministry ordered a probe to find out if there was any corruption in the VVIP choppers deal, Italian firm Finmeccanica today said its subsidiary AgustaWestland was "not involved in any irregularity" in the Indian tender. Defence Minister A K Antony had ordered a probe on Friday to find out if there was corruption in the Rs 3,500-crore deal to procure 12 helicopters for VVIPs from European defence firm Agusta Westland.
Defence Minister A K Antony Order For Investigation Into Rs 3,546.17 Crore Deals Of VVIP Helicopter Signed To European Defence Firm AgustaWestland
Defence Minister A K Antony today ordered a probe to find out if there was corruption in the Rs 3,500-crore deal to procure 12 helicopters for VVIPs from European defence firm AgustaWestland. Antony today asked Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma to probe if there was any corruption involved in the procurement.
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