The Ministry of Defense has approved the deal to buy 10 Kamov-31 helicopters from Russia.The total cost of deal is around Rs 3,600 crores. The Indian Navy proposed to purchase these helicopters to protect their ships from air attacks. Since this approval, the strength of the Indian Navy will now increase.
These helicopters are very light weight and easy to control than the rest of the choppers. Also anti-submarine warfare is effective. These helicopters will be deployed on naval aircraft carriers and warships, including INS Vikrant.
Defence Ministry today cleared the acquisition of 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia. The cost of the project is around Rs 3,600 crore and the choppers would be used in airborne early warning roles. pic.twitter.com/ibg5TVVq15— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 2019
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense, it was said that under the military agreement between India and Russia, the deal of 10 Kamov-31 choppers has been finalized. These choppers will be purchased for about Rs 3600 crore. Currently Kamov-31 is being used by Russia, India and China. There are already 12 Kamov-31 helicopters in the Indian Navy’s fleet, which defend fighter aircraft carrier ships in sea.
In December 2015, during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russia, the agreement was signed between the two Governments for the purchase of Kamov-31 helicopters. To strengthen the navy, India has recently made a deal with 16 anti-submarines. Significantly, despite the election, the central government has not affected the modernization of the Indian Armed Forces.
Features of Kamov-31:
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h (135 knots, 166 mph)
- Cruise speed: 205 km/h (110 knots, 126 mph)
- Range: 600 km (324 nautical miles)
- Service ceiling: 3500 meters (11,483 feet)
- First flight: 1987
- Countries: India, Russia & China