The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved a proposal by the Navy to procure ten Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning (AEW) helicopters from Russia.
“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,” ANI reported citing government sources.
The procurement was approved during a a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Kamov Ka-31 (NATO reporting name ‘Helix’) is a military helicopter developed by Kamov for the Soviet Navy based on the Kamov Ka-27. It has co-axially mounted contra-rotating main rotors.
Ka-31 currently in service in Russia, China and India in the naval airborne early warning and control role. Indian Navy currently operates 12 Ka-31 helicopters.