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Navy Plans USD 8 Billion Chopper Tender
The Indian Navy is planning to issue a bid for procuring more than 120 multirole choppers which could be world's largest tender expected to be worth around USD eight billion. The navy had recently issued a global request for information in this regard and has plans of acquiring more than 120 Naval Multirole Helicopters (NMRH), navy sources said here. The navy had recently asked global helicopter vendors to provide details about their choppers in this category and is planning to issue a global request for proposal in this regard in near future, they said. The navy is planning to procure these new NMRH for carrying out anti-submarine warfare, Special Forces.
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.
NH Industries Complaints Against Sikorsky
Proverbial cry baby European firm NH Industries has written to the Defence Ministry complaining against its rival American Sikorsky in the USD one billion tender for multirole helicopters, a step which has not been received well by the Indian Navy. This is the second time the NH Industries has written against its American rival in the deal for acquiring 16 multirole helicopters, which has been delayed by over six years now. In its letter to the Ministry, the NH Industries has said to the effect that Sikorsky''s chopper S-70B was not compliant to the tender requirements and it has failed to meet the requirements, sources said here. The same complaints were sent to the Defence Ministry earlier also by the company but the Navy had sent a point-by-point rebuttal to the Ministry over the company’s contentions.
India's Tender for 16 MRH Hanging in Balance
A supposedly $1 billion tender to buy 16 Multi-Role Helicopters for the Indian Navy is hanging in balance after the Defence Ministry decided to ask the two competing global firms to extend their commercial bids till December 31, 2012. According to Defence Ministry sources the two companies -- American Sikorsky and European consortium NH Industries -- were asked to extend their bids in July this year, after over one-and-half years of bidding process in which their products -- S70B and NH90 -- were evaluated in field trials by November 2011. However, soon after the commercials bids of the two companies were extended, NHI has reiterated its complaint to the Defence ministry that Sikorsky's platform has not met the naval staff qualitative requirements mentioned in the tender documents.
Indian Navy’s $1 Billion Multirole Helicopter Deal Delayed by Six Months Again
For a second time in an year, Indian Navy’s tender for multirole helicopters has been delayed with the Defence Ministry directing the vendors to extend the validity of their proposals for six more months. The Defence Ministry, without elaborating on the details of this decision, has asked the American Sikorsky and European NH Industries to extend the validity of their proposals for the tender worth over $1 billion for buying 16 choppers. The 16 choppers in the $ 1 billion tender of the Indian Navy are meant to carry out anti-submarine warfare and surveillance roles besides augmenting its fleet of Sea King helicopters. American Sikorsky had fielded its S-70 Blackhawk helicopter and NH Industries of Europe had offered its NH-90 helicopters for the tender.
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