SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are in talks for the development of a modified variant of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) that meet its requirements. ICG requires about 14 new helicopters for surveillance tasks as well as several offshore security-related activities.
ICG previously had floated an International tender that was responded by Russia and Airbus offering their Kamov KA 32A11M and H225M helicopters respectively. Russia withdrew its Kamov KA 32A11M from the race which made the H225M helicopter on offer a single vendor situation due to which it had to be canceled.
ICG has now decided to stop pursuing helicopters from International vendors and work with HAL in developing a variant that is based on the 13-ton helicopter IMRH for the Army. Air force and DMRH for the Navy.
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