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Indian navy to boost its firepower, to purchase 24 multi-role choppers

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In a desperate bid to buy multi-role helicopters, the Indian Navy is moving a proposal worth over `12,000 crore to buy 24 of these choppers which would be deployed for anti-submarine warfare as well as operations by its Marine Commando (MARCOS) special forces.
"We have moved a proposal worth `12,000 crore to buy 24 multi-role helicopters through a tender under the buy global category of the defence procurement procedure for our warships and sea-based operations," a source in the Navy told MAIL TODAY. The proposal is expected to come up for discussion during an important meeting of the defence ministry scheduled to be held next week under defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the source said.

The move has come at a time when the defence ministry was forced to retract a more-thannine-year tender to purchase choppers from American firm Sikorsky Corporation due to very high price and the refusal of the firm to extend its contractual validity in view of the long acquisition process.

After the contract was scrapped, the navy was trying to procure the choppers from American firm under the Foreign Military Sales programme, but it is learnt that the defence ministry put its foot down as it wants a multi-vendor competition in all defence deals to avoid monopolistic situations.

In almost all the single-vendor cases, the vendors increase the price of their products manifold while trying to bypass the procedures given under the defence procurement rules. Once the proposal is cleared, the navy will issue a global request for proposal in which the American firm Sikorsky and European firm Airbus Helicopters are expected to participate.

In the previous tender, the navy had wanted to buy 16 choppers but now it wants to go for 24 choppers in view of the increased responsibilities in its area of operations. Some navy officers claimed that the force was in a bad condition as its old Seaking multi-role choppers were getting older and its warships were operating without multirole choppers.

The navy also has plans of issuing an international tender for purchasing 123 Naval Multirole Helicopters (NMRH) which would allow it to deploy one chopper each on all of its warships. Navy officers claimed that recently when the MARCOS were operating in the Gulf of Aden in thwarting a piracy bid, they felt restricted while taking action against a group of pirates who ran away from the site.

The defence ministry has already given a go-ahead to the maritime force to purchase 111 naval utility helicopters for its requirement to replace its vintage Cheetah/Chetak choppers.
 

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12,000 crore = INR120bn

Rs.120Bn / 64.39 = US$1.863bn

US$1.863bn / 24 = US$77.651m

US$77.651m per helo?
 

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12,000 crore = INR120bn

Rs.120Bn / 64.39 = US$1.863bn

US$1.863bn / 24 = US$77.651m

US$77.651m per helo?
I believe it includes its life cycle cost , training and setting up of workshops and spares with armament.
 

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I believe it includes its life cycle cost , training and setting up of workshops and spares with armament.
I think AW101, S92, NH90 will be competing.
 

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If I remember right the Indian Navy was looking at the S-70B Seahawk from the United States to replace the aging SH-3 Seaking, KA-27 and I even heard the Indians are dissatisfied with the KA-31.
my point is purchasing the S-70 Seahawk will allow India to quit worrying about logistical issues and focus on a more organized ASW Force but at the same time it will be a big hit and numbers will be limited
 

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If I remember right the Indian Navy was looking at the S-70B Seahawk from the United States to replace the aging SH-3 Seaking, KA-27 and I even heard the Indians are dissatisfied with the KA-31.
my point is purchasing the S-70 Seahawk will allow India to quit worrying about logistical issues and focus on a more organized ASW Force but at the same time it will be a big hit and numbers will be limited
Given that the helos will be used in a corrosive environment, a higher composite air-frame, like the NH90 might be more prudent.
 

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Given that the helos will be used in a corrosive environment, a higher composite air-frame, like the NH90 might be more prudent.
NH90 was offered to them by France once they started the competition. but India was using their time and declared S-70 had a better potential which angered Airbus, causing them to almost drop from the race, until India reopened a new competition. They did a test flight on the NH90 and S-70 and India stayed with the S-70 and Airbus claimed that the competition was corrupted.
 

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India has been on shopping spree lately. It looks like India is focusing on modernizing its naval force. Working on subs and now buying anti subs capable choppers.


What is the defence budget of India?
 
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India has been on shopping spree lately. It looks like India is focusing on modernizing its naval force. Working on subs and now buying anti subs capable choppers.


What is the defence budget of India?
57 or so billion $
 

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India puts forward new plan to buy helicopters after ending talks with Lockheed
By: Vivek Raghuvanshi  
12.12.2017

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Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-70B was selected in 2011 in a global tender issued by the Indian Navy in 2009 for 16 naval utility helicopters. (Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)


NEW DELHI ― After suspending negotiations with Lockheed Martin in April over the price of 16 naval multirole helicopters, India’s Ministry of Defence has mooted a fresh plan for acquiring 24 helicopters for about $1.87 billion.

A high-priority global tender will now be floated instead to source the 24 helicopters off the shelf to meet a pressing need within the Indian Navy, according to an MoD official.

Negotiations with Lockheed were terminated following expiry of the price bid in March, and subsequently the tender was withdrawn in April, he said.

Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-70B was selected over NHIndustries’ NH90 helicopter in 2011 in a global tender issued by the Indian Navy in 2009 for 16 naval utility helicopters at a cost of $1 billion.

The service asked the MoD in July to consider procuring the helicopters from the U.S. under the Foreign Military Sales program, a senior Indian Navy official said.

However, the request was turn down because Indian procurement procedures do not allow for single-supplier preference but instead prefer global competitions through which weapons or platforms are selected based on lowest price.

Commenting on delays in India’s defense procurements, a CEO of a foreign defense company, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “MoD must adhere to a strict timeline in selecting the platform and awarding [defense] contracts, otherwise it will lead to huge cost escalation and even the cancellation of the program itself.”

India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance is now kick-starting all major defense programs under the Strategic Partners policy, which is expected to enhance indigenization by cutting imports and boosting exports, according to a second MoD official.

Under this program, 123 naval multirole helicopters costing about $7 billion in the 9- to 12.5-ton categories will be manufactured by a domestic private company with technology transfer from an overseas helicopter original equipment manufacturer.

The helicopters will be built by a private company at a facility in India. The company will be selected though a separate, robust competition requiring technology collaboration with a foreign OEM.

However, no private Indian company has ever built a helicopter platform, but rather only supplied subsystems.

In the next three to four months, an expression of interest will be issued to several private companies including Bharat Forge Limited, Reliance Defence, Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra Aerospace, and Tata Advanced Systems. The company will be selected on its financial and technical merits, production track record, and infrastructure capabilities.

Likewise, one OEM will be selected based on the technology transfer offer and option for building indigenous technology, building an industrial ecosystem and providing training support.

Both the OEM and the strategic partner will be selected separately by the MoD.

The ministry has already received an initial response to an August request for information from foreign OEMs such as Lockheed Martin, Airbus Helicopters and Russian Helicopters, the second MoD official said. The final selection will take at least three to five years, and the helicopters will be rolled out in about 10 years.

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