Thursday, February 10, 2011

Indian Navy issued a tender for amphibious aircrafts

Indian Navy issued a tender for nine amphibious aircrafts to be used in patrols between Andaman and Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep, reportsDefense Aerospace. New aircrafts will also participate in search-and-rescue operations and inter-island transportation. 

According to technical specifications, the aircrafts must have short take-off capability and operational range up to 800 miles (1,480 km). Probably, Canadian company Bombardier and Russian Beriev Design Bureau would receive invitation to the tender. 
In March 2010 the tender for six hydroplanes was declared by Indian Air Force. These aircrafts will be also used for air reconnaissance, search-and-rescue operations, and connection between islands and ships. Requirements for these aircrafts are the same as those of Indian Navy. This tender is also attended byBombardier and Beriev Design Bureau

As was previously reported by the Central Navy Portal, Indian Navy investigated the possibility to acquire 9 amphibious aircrafts for operations near Andaman, Nicobar, and Laccadive islands. Current India's rearmament program implies over $200 bln investment for the nearest 11-12 years. At present, India holds numerous international tenders for attack helicopters, fighters, submarines, and UAVs.

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