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.
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.
India at present has ten Kamov-28 helicopters but only four are in flying condition and rest are used for spares parts.
The helicopters were procured from the ‘Soviet Union’ in the mid-1980s and was looking for a major overhaul for many years.
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.
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.
The total value of the contract is believed to be upwards of Rs 2000 crore, but with this overhaul the copters will have state of the art sensors and equipment.
This is for the first time that such an effort has been made towards an naval aircraft.