India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR217.38 billion (USD3.35 billion) procurement of 111 twin-engine naval utility helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN).
Officials told Jane’s that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, granted ‘acceptance of necessity’ clearance on 31 October for the long-deferred acquisition of the helicopters via the Strategic Partnership provision of the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 (DPP-2016).
Under the provision, one of the shortlisted original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would form a joint venture (JV) with an MoD-nominated indigenous private sector company. The JV would then import 16 5-tonne helicopters in flyaway condition and licence-build the remaining 95 under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
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