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Adani Defence & Aerospace has expressed interest in the long-delayed Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) program, according to statements by CEO Ashish Rajvanshi. The Indian Navy’s search for new helicopters presents opportunities for both competition and cooperation within the defense industry.

The Ministry of Defence envisions the procurement of around 111 Naval Utility Helicopters through a complex arrangement. These helicopters will be manufactured in India based on technology provided by a foreign OEM under the Strategic Partnership framework outlined in the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016. This means the project involves:

  • Technology Transfer: Foreign technology sharing with the selected Indian Strategic Partner.
  • Indigenous Manufacturing: Production in India, boosting domestic defense capabilities.
  • Advanced Equipment: State-of-the-art equipment, sensors, and possible weapons integration.

The Indian Navy is also actively considering modified ship-based variants of the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Light Utility Helicopters (LUH). This focus on indigenous platforms could present opportunities for collaboration between Adani Defence and existing programs like HAL’s Dhruv helicopter.

The fate of the NUH program remains uncertain, but Adani Defence’s interest signals a potential shift in dynamics. Whether the company secures the contract or forms strategic alliances with other players, its involvement could accelerate progress in fulfilling the Indian Navy’s critical helicopter needs.

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