India refused U.S. offers of military helicopters for global tender
data for NH Industries NH90 development and production of new multi-purpose military helicopter
Global Network reporter Julia Tan reported, according to Press Trust of India reported Feb. 18, India has rejected the United States through foreign sales channels to provide military helicopters to the Indian Navy’s proposal. India hopes global open tender for the Navy’s procurement of 16 utility helicopters.
According to reports, the Indian Defense Ministry sources told the February 17, Press Trust of India that the U.S. Navy has recommended the adoption of an intergovernmental agreement to provide the Indian Navy MH-60 “Pave Hawk” helicopter, which meet for more than 16 helicopters with the demand, but this proposal was subsequently rejected because India is to purchase through a global tender.
According to reports, the Indian Navy helicopter on these tenders have been issued with September 2008, although before this, the U.S. Navy has been put forward by the Indian arms sales to provide “Pave Hawk” will. Issued after the tender, including the United States Sikorsky and Eurocopter, including a number of suppliers to respond quickly. According to this source, in accordance with the Indian government’s decision to present only the Sikorsky S-70 and Eurocopter’s NH-90 production also remain competitive, both will participate in March of this year India conducted site assessment test.
reported that the Indian Navy needed a new multi-purpose helicopters to replace its 70 years the introduction of the “Sea King” helicopter. The Air Force already has 40 fleet, “Sea King” helicopter, there is now due to some failure, the number had dropped to 30.
reported that India’s new multi-purpose helicopters, the primary role of the procurement will be used for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, and secondly will include search and rescue, cargo transport and other tasks.