Friday, August 7, 2009

Indian Govt approves acquisition of Russian Kamov-31 choppers

In a bid to strengthen the Navy's capabilities to detect airborne and surface-based maritime threats, Government has approved the acquisition of five Russian Kamov-31 early warning choppers.Defence Ministry officials said the Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) at a meeting on Tuesday gave its approval for procuring these choppers, which can track 30-40 targets on ground and air simultaneously with its airborne electronic warfare radar, mounted on the underbelly of the chopper.The deal for the five choppers between India and Russia is expected to be signed in the next couple of months, they said.Navy already has a fleet of nine Ka-31 helicopters, which are deployed on India's only aircraft carrier INS Virat and the Talwar Class Guided Missile frigates of the Navy. They are also operated from Navy's shore based air stations.


With recent history of defence deals between Russians and Indians not one can give final figures here are the cost of previous deals and you can get some idea from that

In 1999 India placed an order for four Ka-31 helicopters, the cost of the contract mounting up to some $92 million. The second contract worth $108 million was signed by Rosoboronexport and India in February 2001; the agreement pro vides for delivering another five aircraft of the type.

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