India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the import of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR36 billion (USD518 million) to augment the service’s ‘situational awareness’ at sea.
IN officials told Jane’s that the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, had sanctioned the purchase of the twin-engined Ka-31s on 3 May as a follow-on order to at least 12 similar platforms that have been in IN service since 2003.
They said eight of the 10 proposed rotorcraft would be embarked aboard the IN’s four Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M)-class stealth frigates, two of which are under construction in Russia with the remaining two being licence-built in India.
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