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    The Indian Navy is planning to buy 120+ multi-role helicopters in a tender worth $8B

    The Indian Navy is planning to buy 120+ multi-role helicopters in a tender worth $8B. The Navy already asked helicopter manufacturers for details. Lockheed-Martin (LMT) and United Technologies Corporation (UTX) stand a good chance with the MH-60R Seahawk. Conditions required in the deal are possibly technology transfer and probably local assembly or co-manufacturing. In this decade, the Indian armed forces are going to acquire more than 1000 new helicopters to replace aging helicopters in their inventories. India wants to rely less on Russian equipment, which offers opportunities for aerospace manufacturers from the US and Europe.This huge renewal operation is one of the largest in this decade. Boeing (BA) is in the final stages of selling India H-47 Chinook and AH64 Apache helicopters as part of this renewal process. Indian Navy requires a anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and special forces operations capable multi-role helicopter. The Lockheed-Sikorsky as Lockheed calls it - MH-60R Seahawk is the likely candidate that will be offered, considering the requirements. Sikorsky is the helicopter division of United Technologies Corporation.

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    Re: The Indian Navy is planning to buy 120+ multi-role helicopters in a tender worth

    Lockheed Martin is the same contractor that was working in the F-35 project. Lockheed generally has a very good reputation, good track history, but it has done poorly on the F-35 project. I hope the Indian Navy knows what it wants, and what strategic purpose it would achieve. Good development for India.

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    Re: The Indian Navy is planning to buy 120+ multi-role helicopters in a tender worth

    Quote Originally Posted by kashifraza View Post
    Lockheed Martin is the same contractor that was working in the F-35 project. Lockheed generally has a very good reputation, good track history, but it has done poorly on the F-35 project. I hope the Indian Navy knows what it wants, and what strategic purpose it would achieve. Good development for India.
    Lockheed went too ambitious with F-35 Project..same as Boeing went too ambitious with their competition plane the X-35,which failed because it was too complicated and now rests in a Museum.


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    Indian Navy selects the S-70B for their future Naval Multi Role requirement

    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 woulbe cleared "very soon."

    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 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 negot ..

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    Re: The Indian Navy is planning to buy 120+ multi-role helicopters in a tender worth

    Hold on..."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."
    the title appears to be misleading you haven't even started commercial negotiations...

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    Re: The Indian Navy is planning to buy 120+ multi-role helicopters in a tender worth

    Quote Originally Posted by keysersoze View Post
    Hold on..."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."
    the title appears to be misleading you haven't even started commercial negotiations...
    Once again an Indian article offering a speculative and "jumping the gun" piece of news. I think the title should be changed appropriately to say " India like this"

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