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Navy pushing to acquire 10 Kamov-31 choppers for Rs 3,500 crore from Russia

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Indian Navy seeks to strengthen capabilities against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships. Indian navy has moved a proposal to acquire 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia.

“The Defence Ministry will buy around 10 Kamov-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control choppers. It will benefit the aircraft carrier operations and deployment future warships.

A high-level defence ministry meeting has discussed the revalidation of an Indian Coast Guard. Primarily to acquire six maritime surveillance aircraft. The C-295 aircraft platform is likely to replace the Avro transport planes in the Air Force.

The Navy already has a fleet of 12 of these Kamov-31 choppers which sanitise the air space around the aircraft carriers and destroyers operating in open seas.

The Navy has a fleet of  Kamov-28 choppers and Seaking choppers for the anti-submarine warfare operations. These were procured long back in the 1980s and need to be upgraded for future operations.

The Narendra Modi led government has not let the election season affect the military modernisation plans.  Defence Acquisition Council and Cabinet Committee on Security meetings are held regularly to clear important acquisitions for the forces.

Source : Defence News India

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