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Indian Navy to purchase 16 US multi-role choppers for $1 bn

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  1. arulcharles

    arulcharles Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Indian Navy to purchase 16 US multi-role choppers for $1 bn

    New Delhi: The Indian Navy has finally selected the US Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk for its shipboard multi-role helicopter (MRH) requirement. Sixteen helicopters will initially be bought for $1 billion.

    Sikorsky's tender was opened December 4 on the Navy Day, soon after the navy chief, Admiral Robin Dhowan, said that the government was fast-tracking various programmes for the modernization of the armed forces, and that some of the naval projects would be cleared "very soon."

    Indeed so, the opening of the commercial bid at the ministry of defence (MoD), where the files have been held up for one reason or another for three years, was a Navy Day gift to the force.

    Admiral Dhowan, who hosted a big Navy Day reception, did not say anything on the ceremonial occasion but was visibly in smiles and high spirits. Only a day before, on December 3, he had told this writer that it was "comforting" to the navy brass to know that long-pending requirements were now being procedurally cleared on fast-track.

    In an interview with India Strategic (www.indiastrategic.in) before the Navy Day, the admiral indicated that the navy would likely exercise the option to buy the stipulated 16 helicopters along with an option for another eight. "To address critical shortages, the Indian Navy is progressing a case for acquisition of 16 MRH and I expect the commercial bids to be opened shortly. This project may be expanded through an option clause to buy additional eight helicopters to meet any additional immediate requirements."

    The navy is also buying 16 more Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) helicopters from state-run HAL, he disclosed.

    The Sikorsky deal is estimated at around $1 billion-plus.

    Sikorsky's Regional Executive for India and South Asia, Air Vice Marshal Arvind Jeet Singh Walia (retd), said that he was delighted at Sikorsky's selection, pointing out that he had been working for eight long years for the company's participation in Indian military programmes. "We look forward to fruitful negotiations now to conclude this requirement, and then move on for other projects."

    The company has already offered to build helicopters in India under transfer of technology (TOT) subject to US export control laws.

    The Seahawk is a naval variant of the US Army's Black Hawk UH 60 helicopter, which has a proven track record in US military ventures in different parts of the world, including Afghanistan.

    The navy had floated a tender for 16 helicopters with an option for another eight in 2008. Besides the United Technologies Corporation Sikorsky helicopter, European NH Industries NH 90 was also shortlisted for technical trials, which both of them cleared. But before the commercial bids could be opened, allegations of corruption erupted in Italy over AgustaWestland's VVIP helicopter deal with India. As AgustaWestland is part of NHI, its commercial bid was not opened.

    Italy's Finmeccanica has a controlling stake in the Anglo-Italian AgustaWestland, which in turn is a partner with Airbus Helicopters and Fokker Aerostructures in NHI. For the time being, the defence ministry is not dealing with any company related to AgustaWestland.

    The Seahawk 70B can be used for both advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare to neutralize underwater and over-water threats. One key requirement is for amphibious assault role - and the machines will be customized for that.

    It will have potent radars and weapons from leading global majors, including Raytheon, Telephonics, BAE Systems, GE (two power plants), French Thales and six other partners. The helicopters will replace the Indian Navy's quarter-century-old Westland Sea King Mk 42 B/C fleet.

    What exactly is on board though in terms of capability will be decided in negotiations likely to commence within weeks.

    Significantly, at the navy chief's reception, a very well-done short film on the Indian Navy was presented, and its script had ample emphasis on naval aviation in protecting India's offshore maritime interests.

    As for manufacturing helicopters in India in accordance with the Government's new 'Make in India' policy, Admiral Dhowan said: “Towards this end, we have begun the process of analyzing the capability and potential of the Indian aviation industry to make aviation assets in India through (industry bodies) Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

    SOURCE:-Indian Navy to purchase 16 US multi-role choppers for $1 bn | Zee News
     
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    arulcharles Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    what on earth Sikorsky S-70B is better than NH 90
     
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    16 choppers for 1 Billion, that seems high.
     
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    For balance orders India should rope in MI-38 of kazan helicopter industry with indian partner for rope in made in india agenda

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    Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky’s S-70B SEAHAWK® Aircraft for Multi-role Helicopter Requirement

    December 05,2014
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    India’s Navy has selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to fulfill the service’s Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW), among other maritime roles. Negotiations will now begin to procure 16 S-70B SEAHAWK® helicopters, with an option for eight additional aircraft, along with a complete logistics support and training program.

    “India’s selection of the S-70B helicopter represents a major strategic win for Sikorsky in an important growth market, and positions us well for future opportunities,” said Mick Maurer, President of Sikorsky Aircraft. “We look forward to a long-term collaboration with the Indian Government and local industry as we work to bring the Indian Navy the highly advanced multi-role S-70B aircraft.”

    The proposed Indian Navy S-70B variant will include avionics and flexible open architecture Weapons Management Systems that integrate an advanced sonar, 360 degree search radar, modern air-to-surface missiles, and torpedoes for the ASW role. A blade and tail fold capability will facilitate shipboard storage.

    The S-70B aircraft will also enhance the Indian Navy’s capabilities to perform non-combat maritime roles, including search and rescue, utility and external cargo lift, surveillance and casualty evacuation.

    Sikorsky has fielded increasingly more capable variants of the S-70B helicopter since 1984 for navies that prefer to acquire a modern, fully integrated ASW/ASuW platform direct from the manufacturer. Now operational in six countries (in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America), the S-70B platform has a solid reputation for highly reliable shipboard operations and maintenance while operating aboard frigates and larger naval vessels.

    The S-70B aircraft is part of Sikorsky’s SEAHAWK helicopter family (including the SH-60 and MH-60 models) that has accumulated almost four million flight hours from more than 800 operational aircraft, and is considered one of the safest platforms available.

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
     
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    NH-90 is not selected because Augusta westland holds a stake in it.
     
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    High cost delays Navy’s deal for anti-sub copters

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    Efforts by the Navy’s to be better equipped to locate Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean through specialised helicopters seem to have hit a roadblock, at least for the moment.


    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered fresh cost-negotiation with US firm Sikorsky, selected through a tender in December last, for the supply of 16 multi-role helicopters.


    In December last, the Navy had selected Sikorsky’s S-70B Seahawk, a 10-tonne twin-engine helicopter. It has advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare capability.


    To be based on warships, these copters will carry submarine-locating buoys, which are dunked in the sea to capture the noise of undersea vessels. The correct location allows a copter to fire a missile at a submarine.


    Top sources told The Tribune that cost was “surely an issue”. The tender was first floated in 2007 and the company had expressed its inability to supply the copters at the then prevailing cost.


    Sources said the “acceptance of necessity” for the copters was made by the MoD in 2006-07, assuming Rs900 crore as the cost of these 16 copters, which was later revised to Rs1,760 crore. The current cost of such copters is estimated to be between Rs3,500 crore and Rs4,000 crore, said sources.


    The cost-negotiation committee will now need approval from the MoD to re-negotiate at fresh benchmarks prices, ignoring the figures decided in 2006-07.


    At present, the Navy has a fleet 16 Westland Sea King Mk42B/C anti-submarine helicopters of the 1980s vintage, of which 12 are operational at any point in time. Another 10 Kamov-28 copters are being upgraded by Russia.


    MoD orders fresh negotiation
    • The Navy will procure 16 S-70B Seahawks, 10-tonnetwin-engine helicopter, from a US firm Sikorsky
    • The copters have advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare capability
    • To be based on warships, these will carry submarine-locating buoys, which are dunked in the sea to capture the noise of undersea vessels
    • The correct location allows a copter to fire a missile at a submarine

    The Chinese, in the past one year, have conducted three submarine patrols close to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, the last being in May.


    Naval Might


    INDIA
    • A fleet 16 Westland Sea King Mk42B/C anti-submarine helicopters of the 1980s vintage
    • Of these, 12 are operational at any point in time
    • Another 10 Kamov-28 copters are being upgraded by Russia
    CHINA
    • Five nuclear attack submarines, four nuclear-ballistic missile submarines and 53 diesel attack submarines
    • By 2020, this force will likely grow to between 69 and 78 submarines
    High cost delays Navy’s deal for anti-sub copters
     
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