|HAL's Multi Role Helicopter could now become the leading contender to fulfill IN's NMRH requirement|
The Financial Express reported on September 20, 2014 that GoI is likely to scrap the currently underway procurement of 16 NMRH and requests fresh proposals under "Buy and Make in India" category of defense procurement. The Indian Navy plans to eventually acquire 91 NMRH. (As in September 2014, the Navy had 11 Kamov-28 and 17 Sea King ASW helicopters. The Sea Kings are over 20 years old, the Kamov-28s are due for mid-life upgrade.)
Eighty percent of the cost of development and prototyping under "Buy and Make in India" would be borne by the government, with the developing agency (DA) footing the residual 20%.
Scrapping of the ongoing procurement of 16 NMRH from global vendors would be formally announced after the next meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) at the end of this month, official sources told FE.
The change in policy would make HAL's Multi-Role Helicopter project a front runner to meet the Navy's long term requirement.
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Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRH) (IDP Sentinel)
Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IDP Sentinel)