There is a need to replace the present fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters with the Indian Army and IAF.
Proposals for procurement of 197 Reconnaissance and Surveillance Helicopters (RSHs) on Buy Global basis and 187 Light Utility Helicopters (LUHs) under Design and Development project by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for Army and Air Force are being progressed. The finance department has not raised objections regarding the trial process for selection.
The proposal for procurement of RSH is progressing as per provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure. LUH is at Design and Development phase. This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri PiyushGoyal in Rajya Sabha today.
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