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Defence Ministry clears acquisition of 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia

This will strengthen India's capability against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships.

Defence Ministry clears acquisition of 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia

The Defence Ministry on Friday cleared the acquisition of 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia, a proposal by the Indian Navy. The choppers cost around Rs 3,600 crore. 

This will strengthen India's capability against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships.

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"The Defence Ministry cleared the Rs 3,600 crore proposal for buying around 10 Kamov-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control choppers for the aircraft carrier operations and deployment on future warships," news agency ANI reported.

The decision was taken by the Defence Ministry at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Navy already has a fleet of 12 of these Kamov-31 choppers which sanitise the air space around the aircraft carriers and destroyers operating in open seas.

For the anti-submarine warfare operations, the Navy has a fleet of Russian Kamov-28 choppers along with the Seaking choppers which were procured in the 1980s and are in need of an upgrade.