Indian Navy’s 100 naval choppers contract

Indian is all set to scout for the supplier for 100 new-generation naval utility helicopters (NUH) to replace the obsolete Chetak helicopters in the Navy, under 'Make in India' project with foreign collaboration. The worth of the contract is expected to be over $2 billion. Eleven Indian private sector companies, including Tata Advanced Systems, Bharat Forge, Mahindra Aerospace, Reliance Defence & Aerospace and L&T who have already responded with proposed joint ventures revolving around three foreign helicopters - AS565 MBe of Airbus, Bell Helicopters-429 and Super Lynx 300 of Agusta Westland. The formal tender for the over 100 NUH is now being vetted before issuance. The project will give a fillip to the 'Make in India' initiative in the aerospace industry with transfer of technology.


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