Rapid Fire 2010-08-12: Naval Helos for India
- India’s comptroller and auditor general criticizes the Defense Ministry’s plans to build an army carbine factory in Amethi, northeast India, for poor site selection, defective planning, and hasty decision making.
- Meanwhile, the Indian Navy is proceeding with a $1.5 billion tender to replace its Alouette-III derivative Chetak naval helicopters with 56 light naval utility helicopters. RFPs are expected to go out to existing supplier Kamov (Ka-28/Ka-27), and to Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, Sikorsky, and Bell Helicopter. HAL’s Dhruv could be a wild card.
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