Navy to add Special Ops helicopters to its fleet (By The Hindu)

1. In addition to special ops and commando role, the helicopters will also perform other roles like troop carriage, maritime interdiction including anti-piracy operations, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), external cargo carriage, limited casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).

2. Last week the Navy had issued the Request for Information (RFI) to global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) for the procurement of 123 NMRH and 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH).

3. With expanding profile in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Indian Navy is looking to add dedicated helicopters for Special Operations in its fleet.

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