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Thursday, June 7, 2012

India's 1000+ military helicopter shopping list

# 139 Russian Mi-17 V-5 medium lift helicopters

# 15 American CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters

# 22 medium attack Boeing's AH-64 Apache.

# 159 Dhruv Mark III utility helicopters, There is an estimated need for more than 350 Dhruvs for the Army, IAF, coast guard and paramilitary forces.

# The Navy is buying an additional 50 light, twin-engine helicopters, most probably from AgustaWestland. , the navy is procuring another 91 medium, multi-role helicopters to replace its vintage Sea King fleet, which flies from larger frigates and destroyers.

# HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter, 179 are on order (IAF 65; army 114).

# The military's other bulk requirement is for 384 light utility helicopters, or LUH's, to replace the army and IAF's obsolescent Cheetahs and Chetaks, This has been divided into two streams: 197 LuHs are being bought off-the-shelf through a global tender; and 187 LuHs are being developed and built in India by HAL.


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