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INDIAN GOVERNMENT CLEARS PURCHASE OF 32 HAL DHRUV ADVANCED LIGHT HELICOPTERS
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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NEW DELHI - The Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the way for a purchase of 32 locally-built Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) from state aerospace giant Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The clearance was given at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), the highest approval body for military procurement in India and headed by the prime minister.

The new batches of Dhruv ALHs will be assigned equally to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, each receiving 16 helicopters. Both services already operate some ALHs, with the Navy deploying its Dhruvs in Kochi at its base INS Garuda and the Coast Guard utilizing its at several bases for undertaking search-and-rescue (SAR) and coastal surveillance missions.

However, both services are suffering from a shortage of rotor-wing capacity - the Indian Navy in particular. The latest order (estimated at around $123 million) will provide the Navy with additional heft to fill capability gaps created by the failure of the government to close on outstanding deals. The Navy will use the new models to conduct SAR, armed patrol, VIP ferrying and transport missions and plans to equip them with low frequency sonars that will be developed by the service in tandem with the state-run Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO).

First delivery is expected in 2020 with all units scheduled for handover by 2022.

Source:  India Today
Associated URL: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/narendra-modi-navy-coast-guard-dhruv-helicopt
Source Date: March 28, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
PAKISTAN ORDERS MORE AW139S
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica


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ROME - Italian firm Leonardo announced on March 28, 2017 that Pakistan's government had placed an order for the AW139 helicopter, to augment units already in service.

The firm declined to name the total number of helicopters that the Pakistani government ordered.

In a press release, Leonardo noted, "The aircraft will be used to perform utility, SAR (Search and Rescue) and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) operations across the nation."

The helicopter deliveries will begin in 2018.

Source:  Leonardo
Associated URL: http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/aw139-pakistan-3
Source Date: March 28, 2017
Posted: 03/28/2017

 
 
BELARUS TO RECEIVE NEW BATCH OF MI-8S
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Source: Rostec


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MOSCOW - In a recent press release, Rostec confirmed that a new delivery of Mi-8 helicopters would soon arrive in Belarus. The batch of Mi-8MTV-5s was initially supposed to be transferred in May 2017, but, according to Rostec, the helicopters are ahead of schedule.

The press release quoted Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrei Boginsky as saying, "Belarus has always been and remains an important strategic partner for us. We are glad we will be able to finish the contract on delivering 12 helicopters for the Belarusian Defense Ministry ahead of schedule. The final lot was initially supposed to be delivered in May 2017, however, the Kazan helicopter factory is ready to send the helicopters on their way in April."

Kazan helicopter factory, which is manufacturing the helicopters, is a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters.

A Belarusian delegation recently visited the Kazan plant to inspect progress on the construction of the helicopters.

The first batch of helicopters was handed over last year. Belarus received six Mi-8s in that batch and will receive another six in the second batch.

Source:  Rostec
Associated URL: http://rostec.ru/en/news/4520070
Source Date: March 22, 2017
Posted: 03/24/2017

 

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