Indian Navy NUH competition
Continuing the glorious traditions of DELAY in procurement the Indian Navy is still in hunt for a decent helicopter to replace HAL CHETAK. The current retirement of Navy RFI states that, The helicopter should be able to perform the following roles by day and night:-
a. Search and Rescue.
b.Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC).
c. Communication Duties.
d. Anti-Piracy and Anti-terrorism.
e. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).
f. Surveillance and Targeting.
Until now Indian Navy has failed to care for the Naval variant of HAL DHRUV, about which a strong case has been made by HAL. Many prominent voices are lobbying for Dhruv.
India is increasing ships in it's armada and also plans to have 4 helicopter carriers and 2 - 3 aircraft carriers in future to bolster its Defence capabilities and become a net security provider in type Indian Ocean as well as station its Naval assets in Vietnam. Indian Navy is also building Missile Range Instrumentation Ship and Ocean Surveillance Ship. The modernisation plans of Navy asks for a scalable technologically advances multirole helicopter with indigenous content to manage supplychain efficiently. The foreign OEM have to enter into an agreement with an Indian company under the strategic partnership model and has to agree on Transfer of Technologies of certain critical components.