Government of India has approved the application Naval forces in the country for the purchase of five Russian helicopters patrol the ship's radar-based Ka-31, the value of each of which is about $ 20 million. This, according to Defense News, said unnamed sources in the Indian Navy.
The request was approved by the Military Committee of the Security Cabinet of Ministers of India (Cabinet Committee on Security, CCS), which is the highest government body responsible for the procurement of foreign weapons. In India, the Navy noted that the machines, each of which is able to accompany up to four aircraft and ground targets, will increase the fleet to detect possible threats to the sea and on land.
The publication also notes that in 2003-2005 the Indian military has acquired nine similar machines. They are used on light aircraft carrier "Viraat", as well as two new warships built by using stealth technology. Пока это единственный факт поставок Ка-31 иностранным заказчикам.
Note that these machines are also planned to use on aircraft carrier "Admiral Gorshkov (Vikramaditya), which is the modernization of the Russian factory Sevmash. In the near future, Russia and India are planning to agree on a new value of those works. The machines also will be based on the promising Indian aircraft carrier, the construction of which began in late February 2009.
Helicopter radar Watch Ka-31 was adopted by the Soviet Navy in 1980. The machine is equipped with special radar with a rotating antenna. It can detect aircraft at a distance of 100-150 kilometers and surface ships at a distance of 250-285 kilometers, while in the air to 2.5 hours at an altitude of 3.5 kilometers.
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