The Indian Navy on Friday began the method of taking 24 naval utility helicopters on lease by issuing a request for info (RFI) to overseas 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 stated within the RFI.
The authentic gear producers (OEMs) or authorised leasing companies 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 stated.
It stated the helicopters should be within the weight class of 5 tonnes and beneath and may be capable to carry out a spread of actions whereas working from the ships of the Indian Navy and ashore in day and night time.
The actions talked about embrace search and rescue from ships at sea, medical evacuation, communication duties to and from ships and low-intensity maritime operations.
The RFI stated the helicopters must be twin-engine and piloted by two pilots with wheeled touchdown gear and blade fold functionality.
It stated the lessor may also 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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