The Indian Navy on Friday began the method of taking 24 naval utility helicopters on lease by issuing a request for data (RFI) to international distributors.
According to the RFI, the Navy plans to maintain the helicopters with ground-support gear for 5 years.
“This lease will also include all maintenance support ashore, including performance-based logistics (PBL) and training of air crew and maintenance crew during the term of the lease,” the Navy mentioned within the RFI.
The unique gear producers (OEMs) or authorised leasing corporations or government-sponsored export businesses are eligible for participation within the bidding course of, in accordance with the norms of defence acquisition process, the Navy mentioned.
It mentioned the helicopters should be within the weight class of 5 tonnes and under and will be capable of carry out a spread of actions whereas working from the ships of the Indian Navy and ashore in day and evening.
The actions talked about embody search and rescue from ships at sea, medical evacuation, communication duties to and from ships and low-intensity maritime operations.
The RFI mentioned the helicopters ought to be twin-engine and piloted by two pilots with wheeled touchdown gear and blade fold functionality.
It mentioned the lessor can even have to point the potential for delivering all 24 helicopters inside two years from the date of signing of the contact and that the coaching schedule is to be according to the supply schedule.
The final date for replying to the RFI is June 18.
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