As it became clear the least bit, the back, the main purpose of the agreement would be the substitution of old times helicopters Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King and Westland WS-61 Sea King. The newest of these helicopters were delivered in 80-ies of the last century, and from that time were only repair, but have not been modernized. These helicopters are South American and British made at the present time makes a wide range of applications, from transport to anti-submarine. The ability of Sea King helicopters are not sufficient to carry out combat operations in modern conditions, and in addition, have completed their life. All this and pushes the Indian naval commanders to search form substitute for an old technology.
As reported by the Indian media, the Ministry of Defence has already sent a request helicopter-leading companies. So Makar, the record competition is open to all the world's best organization, from the European to the American Sikorsky Eurocopter. In addition, most likely, will exhibit their projects and vertoletostroiteli of Russian companies "Miles" and "Kamov". Russian bureaucrats who specialize export of arms, a few months back confirmed the possibility of the role of the competition, but have not yet received an official invitation.
Certainly, 6 billion dollars — a very large sum to quit tender without attention. Because it is unlikely "Rosoboronexport" and "Helicopters of Russia" will not apply to it. Already at this point, you can make some guesses about the likely "contestants" from the Russian side. At first, it Kamov helicopters Ka-27 and Ka-29. In addition, as a radar picket helicopter distant Indians may be offered Ka-31. An additional argument in favor of Russian helicopters will be possible by the fact that up to this time in the naval forces of India operates around 10 Ka-28, which represent an export modification of the Ka-27. So Makar, Indian naval pilots already have a general idea of Russian technology and are able to make appropriate conclusions.
And yet the 1st operating experience will not be enough. For so great contract will fight all the leading helicopter building company, and they must be presented at tender new development. Competitiveness will be tough and the final outcome of the tender may be affected no matter what small thing, right up to marketing campaigns. In the latter area, as the experts and just attentive fans of military affairs, our manufacturers generally lag behind zabugornyh. So the Russian decision-makers should pay attention to this part of the promotion of its own equipment. Maybe specifically allow such acts to avoid nasty incidents like losing nedavneshnego languid transport Mi-26T2, who, as a clear winner in the end lost the least load-lifting helicopter to the South American production.
And yet, while all of the information about the future of the competition has not yet received official evidence of the Indian people. After the official announcement of the tender will certainly arrive, details of the money side of things, the list of participants, etc. With all this the fact of the future tender hardly be doubted. The fact that the capacity of India's Sea King helicopters have become obsolete and their substitution is only a matter of time. In addition, it is clear that Indian navy in the coming years will receive comparable to a number of new warships, most of which will be equipped with helicopters. It is unlikely that the Indian military leaders will be equipped with new ships an old aircraft.
It should be noted that, in light of recent events perspective Russian helicopters look versatile. On the one hand, the total amount of all military-technical agreements between Russia and India has long been ran across the mark of 10 billion dollars, and there is no reason to believe that the purchase of Russian weapons and military hardware finish. On the other hand, India is all their actions communicate clearly indicates that it is not going to take an instrument and technique in only one country and that, in a sense, to be bound.
For a more plausible option for the development of military-technical subsequent relations between Russia and India is to continue procurement of various weapons, but with some reservations. Russian defense companies will continue to receive lucrative contracts and the volume of the latter is likely to increase. With all of this to our companies would accrue far not all the orders, which is justified by the new Indian views on the import of military equipment. Will the next six-billionth contract "domain" Russian helicopter — time will tell. But even if this order will take some zabugornoy company, Russian arms manufacturers can rely on other contract, even the least big.
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