Helicopter manufacturers eye lucrative naval contracts

Helicopter manufacturers AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Russian Helicopters and Sikorsky had a high profile at Aero India, as they jostle for position around four major naval contests.
India’s planned naval build-up requires maritime rotorcraft in substantial numbers. The navy has three major requirements for new helicopters, while the coastguard has one.
The navy’s long-running Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) requirement for 16-18 aircraft is still up for grabs, following the release in 2009 of a request for proposals (RFP) by New Delhi. The main rivals for the deal are the NH Industries NH90 and Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk.
A further RFP is anticipated in the second half of 2013 for the service’s 120-aircraft Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH) competition.
07/02/13 Flight Global

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