The cost of the deal would be around Rs 3, crore and the 10 helicopters would be deployed on the aircraft carriers and warships of the Navy including the INS Vikrant and Grigorovich-class frigates. The aim of the choppers is to sanitise the air space around the battle groups led by the aircraft carriers while carrying out operations in the sea or anti-submarine warfare operations.
The Navy has a fleet of Russian Kamov choppers along with the seaking choppers which were procured in s and need to be upgraded for future operations. The Narendra Modi-led government has not let the election season affect the military modernisation plans as Defence Acquisition Council and cabinet committee on security meetings are being held regularly to clear important acquisitions for the forces.
The Kamov deal would now be processed by the Navy and after negotiations, it would be presented before the cabinet committee on security for final approval.
As this is a follow-on order, which means that when a weapon system in this case, the chopper is already with the armed forces and more are needed, the lengthy process of trials has already been gone through and aren't really required again. Defence ministry approves Navy's Rs 3,crore deal with Russia for 10 Kamov helicopters Ministry of Defence has cleared Indian Navy's deal with Russia for 10 Kamov helicopters to strengthen its capability against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships.
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