Indian Navy Plans to Procure New Multirole Helicopters

20 June 2011 (Last Updated June 20th, 2011 18:30)

The Indian Navy has plans to procure new multirole helicopters to carry out anti-submarine warfare and to strengthen its fleet of helicopters. The navy has recently issued a request for information (RFI) to procure new Naval Multi Role Helicopters (NMRH) for anti-submarine, anti-surface a

The Indian Navy has plans to procure new multirole helicopters to carry out anti-submarine warfare and to strengthen its fleet of helicopters.

The navy has recently issued a request for information (RFI) to procure new Naval Multi Role Helicopters (NMRH) for anti-submarine, anti-surface and special commando operations roles.

According to the RFI, the NMRH should be of contemporary design with modern, reliable and fuel efficient engines and fully integrated advanced avionics and weapons suite.

The navy also wants the helicopter to have air to air refuelling capability for enhanced endurance and reach.

The possible contenders include Sikorsky NH-90, and Lockheed Martin's MH-60 Romeo which will be required to invest 30% of the contract as offsets into the Indian defence, civilian aerospace or the homeland security sectors.

Currently, the navy operates Sea King helicopters for multirole missions, according to the Times of India.