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HAL, Rosoboronexport to supply choppers for IAF


The Advanced Light Helicopter Chetak in IAF's arsenal. An IAF Photo

NEW DELHI (BNS): The Defence Ministry has signed contracts with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Russia’s Rosoboronexport and Britain’s Augusta Westland to procure a range of helicopters.

While HAL will provide Advanced Light Helicopters, Rosoboronexport will supply Medium Lift Helicopters. Choppers for VVIP transportation will be procured from Augusta Westland, Defence Minister A K Antony told the Parliament on Monday.

Besides, the Ministry is also considering proposals to acquire additional Medium Lift Helicopters, Attack Helicopters, Light Utility Helicopters, Heavy Lift Helicopters and Recce and Surveillance Helicopters from various vendors, Antony said.

The choppers are being procured as per the requirements of the Indian Air Force under the Defence Procurement Procedure, 2008.

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