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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Indian Navy recently issued Request for Information (RFI) to procure Four Landing Platform Docks (LPDs), what raised many eyebrows were RFI had called for at least 02 Heavy Lift Helicopters that would be parked on the deck in blade folded configuration. RFI called for helicopter spot to be strengthened to operate a Heavy Lift Helicopter, with a max All Up Weight of 40 Tons.

In 2010, the Indian Air Force showed interest in the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell and Boeing first, soon in 2013 Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard were also given technical briefings. Indian Navy was impressed by the demonstrated capabilities of V-22 but talks never wandered around the purchase of the assets due to controversial technical issues surrounding its tiltrotor technology.

Both IAF and the Indian Navy were intrigued by the flexibility being offered by the MV-22B Osprey that is comparable to the C-130 in feel and speed and can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly farther and more quickly like an airplane. IAF wanted it for rapid troop insertion in border areas and the Navy as an airborne early warning and control to replace the short-range Kamov Ka-31 and also for anticipated deployments of troops in India’s island chain.

idrw.org has been informed that Boeing still considers India has one of the potential export market for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor helicopter and till 2015 was engaged with the Indian Navy. Boeing’s internal sales projection counts order coming for the V-22 Osprey aircraft from India from around 2025 onwards.

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