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DAC approves procurement of 24 multi role helicopters for Indian Navy

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement 24 anti-submarine capable multi role helicopters to enhance capability of Indian Navy at sea. This approval will allow Government to sign contract US based aviation giant Lockheed Martin for purchasing 24 MH-60R helicopters for Indian Navy.

This contract will be direct government-to-government (G2G) deal with United States worth approximately $1.8 billion. MH-60R helicopters (or Seahawk multi-mission helicopters)are anti-submarine helicopters. Buying them will replace British-built Sea King helicopters, many of which are more than three-decades-old.

Background

Multi role helicopters are integral part of frontline warships like aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates and corvettes. Availability of MRH with Indian Navy will help to plug existing capability gap. For years, Indian Navy has argued that its warships lack any modern anti-submarine helicopters with existing Sea King fleet now being obsolete. At present less than 10 Sea King helicopters are operational and their absence has forced Indian Navy to sail its warships without support of these helicopters. Frontline destroyers of Indian Navy have hangars which can house two helicopters of this class but frequently put to sea without any integral helicopter support.

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DAC approves procurement of six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved procurement of six indigenously designed and manufactured Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) for Indian Navy. DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on capital procurement of Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force).

Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs)

NGOPVs will be built in indigenous shipyards at approximate cost of Rs. 4941 crore. They will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensor suite with increased endurance. These platforms will strengthen maritime security by undertaking a multitude of operational roles both in blue water and littorals. These include seaward defence, protection of offshore assets, search & seizure operations and maritime interdiction operations, mine warfare, surveillance missions, anti-piracy missions, counter infiltration operations, anti-poaching and trafficking operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and search and rescue missions.

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