DTN News - INDIA DEFENSE NEWS: Indian Firms Set Teams For Helicopter Tender
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - February 12, 2015: In (NEW DELHI) India's first helicopter competition reserved for domestic defense companies, teams have been established between top defense companies Larsen & Toubro with Airbus Helicopters and Tata Advanced Systems with Sikorsky Aircraft to produce a light utility helicopter (LUH).
Other corporate arrangements include Mahindra Defence Systems teaming up with Bell Helicopter and Punj Lloyd with Russian Helicopters. The domestic companies have to respond by Feb. 17 to a request for information (RFI) they received in October to provide the helicopters on a Buy and Make (India) basis in the $2.5 billion tender.
State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics also is negotiating a tie up with Russian Helicopters.
None of the overseas or domestic companies would discuss their partnerships.
A Ministry of Defence official said there is no certainty that the helicopters built by the domestic companies would be cheaper than importing them directly.
"The idea is to build capabilities in India to build the defense industrial base and have in-house life-time support and maintenance," the official added.
While the RFI describes purchase of 197 light utility helicopters — 133 for the Army and 64 for the Air Force — India has a requirement for more than 400, said an Air Force official.
Defense analyst Nitin Mehta, however, is not sure if the program will ever take off in the domestic sector.
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