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Indian navy may be in market for Canada’s Sea Kings

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    The Indian navy is considering purchasing several Sea King helicopters from Canada, a New Delhi-based newspaper is reporting.A source told the Financial Express officials plan to discuss the purchase during an official visit by federal defence minister Harjit Sajjan later this month.

    “At this time Canada is in the process of decommissioning four of its Sea King CH-124 helicopters. These four have very little hours of flying logged in, and four that were decommissioned last December were recently upgraded,” the source, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told the newspaper.

    The Indian Navy is in need of more than 100 multi-role helicopters, the report said, but currently only has around two dozen operational machines.

    Canada is currently in the process of replacing its Sea Kings, which have been in service since the 1960s, with a new fleet of Cyclone helicopters.

    A Department of National Defence spokesperson said the Sea Kings have been declared surplus to the department and will be divested of in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures, including sale, donation, transfer, destruction, or retention for historical purposes.

    Public Services and Procurement Canada posted a Request for Letter of Interest in November 2015 via the government’s military surplus assets website, seeking interest for the potential purchase of Sea King helicopters.

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