IIRC the Dhruv production is going to increase to 40 a year soon, If the order for 197 birds is placed than it can be met within 6-7 years where as the tender process would mean that the foreign vendors would start delivery after a period of 3 years....
wouldn't a twin engine be better than i a single engine? I am only asking because I am a newbie
While doing some research for open source information the LUH tender would cost around 570 million USD, same no of Dhruv would cost 1.5 billion USD plus the operational costs might probably be higher for the Dhruv but then again a domestic product will most of the time cost less in maintenance over time.
But despite that i think the Dhruv fits almost all of the requirements of the LUH after all it was developed as a light utility helicopter. which brings me to my second point, the Dhruv was successfully developed as a LUH supposedly for Indian requirements why is it not inducted for the exact role? also..
IA and IAF wants a single engine, < 3 ton class helo for casualty evac and recce missions
IN needs a twin engine, >10 ton helo for ASW, AEW & AsHW
This was known a long time a ago my question is if these were the requirements then why didn't HAL design a helo to such specifications?
IMHO IA an IAF can cough up the extra money to support Indian products, overall isn't our goal to domestically self sufficient?