*NEW DELHI - Indian Navy to acquire state of the art Naval multi role Helicopters, Indian media has reported.*
As per media report, Indian Navy 's to acquire state-of-the-art Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRH), to deal with security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.
Defence experts said, there also occurs a net deficit in terms of numbers of multi-role helicopters in India to guard surface ships which are being delivered with great frequency now by our indigenous ship-building industry.
Without the requisite integral air elements in the form of multi-role choppers, surface ships are exposed to submarine attacks which are the real threats in Naval warfare.
The UK-made Seaking choppers, inducted into Indian Navy around 40 years ago for purposes of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface vessel warfare, are ageing, besides the fact that they never underwent upgrades after induction.
The Sea Harriers, designed for reconnaissance and fighter roles too, have been decommissioned leaving Indian Navy to just one frontline squadron of Seaking helicopters based at INS, Shikra in Mumbai.