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India set to purchase  111 naval utility helicopters

NEWDELHI: India set to purchase  111 naval utility helicopters (NUHs) on Tuesday, with the defence ministry approving a ₹21,738-crore project to replace the Navy’s outdated fleet of French-designed Chetak choppers.

The government’s defence acquisition council (DAC), headed by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has taken this decision at a time when the Navy is struggling to bridge capability gaps and a majority of its 140 war suppliers ships are operating without utility helicopters.

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