After 8 years of wait, Indian Navy (IN) is finally set to get an upgrade on their ten submarine hunting helicopters, the Russian Kamov-28.
Russian Kamov-28 Chopper. India Today
According to news reports, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on July 29 signed a contract with Russian manufacturer Rosoboronexport so as to enhance the effectiveness of the current Russian Kamov-28 choppers.
But due to years of stalling and stagnation the upgrade was stalled, and it was only after Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s personal intervention and push that the contract was signed.
File photo of Defense Minsiter Manohar Parrikar at Navy HQ. News for India
With this deal, all ten copters are set be modernized, their sensors upgraded and then delivered back to India within next five years at regular intervals.
This is for the first time that such an effort has been made towards an naval aircraft.