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Navy to buy 56 utility helicopters

12 August 2012 : India is planning for another mega defence deal, worth $1 billion, for the acquisition of 56 naval utility helicopters customized for surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-terror, electronic intelligence gathering and search and rescue operations. According to Times of India, Indian armed forces are looking to induct as many as 900 helicopters in the coming decade, including 384 light-utility and observation, 90 naval multi-role, 65 light combat, 22 heavy-duty attack, 139 medium-lift and 15 heavy-lift. The new tender or RFP (request for proposal) for the 56 naval helicopters was issued to all top global aviation majors — ranging from Boeing, Bell and Sikorsky to Kamov, Eurocopter and AgustaWestland. "The naval utility helicopter are planned for induction from 2016 (onwards)," said Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma. As per the RFP, the project involves induction of the 56 choppers, three simulators, 28 spare engines and associated equipment within eight years of the inking of the contract.

India's first nuclear submarine set for sea trials

08 August 2012 : India said its first home-built nuclear submarine was set for sea trials, as it detailed billion-dollar projects to arm its navy with warships, aircraft and modern weaponry. The indigenous 6,000-ton INS Arihant was unveiled in 2009 as part of a project to construct five such vessels which would be armed with nuclear-tipped missiles and torpedoes. Arihant is powered by an 85-megawatt nuclear reactor and can reach 44 kilometres an hour (24 knots), according to defence officials. It will carry a 95-member crew. The Indian Navy inducted a Russian-leased nuclear submarine into service in April 2012, joining China, France, the United States, Britain and Russia in the elite club of countries with nuclear-powered vessels.

Indian Ocean is priority, not South China Sea

07 August 2012 : 7 months after United States President signalled his country's new strategic focus on China, announcing a “rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region” and naming India as a key ally, India’s Navy chief stated that his focus was on the Indian Ocean and not on the increasingly militarised waters of the South China Sea. Admiral Verma talked down any prospect of coordinating with the US Navy, making it clear that lowering, not raising, tensions was in India’s interest. “Certainly as far as rebalancing is concerned, we don’t want a situation where something happens in (the) South China Sea to upset global shipping because it is going to have an impact on everybody. I do believe there are efforts on from the major powers that are involved in South China Sea and they will also calibrate their steps so that such a situation does not arise.”

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