Defence Ministry approves Army proposal for 22 Cheetal helicopters

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    Defence Ministry approves Army proposal for 22 Cheetal helicopters - Hindustan Times
    The Defence Ministry on Tuesday approved a proposal to procure around 22 Cheetal helicopters for Army, which is likely to deploythese choppers for supporting its high altitude operations in Ladakh and Siachen . A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex
    Ministry body headed by defence minister AK Antony to decide on procurements, cleared the proposal to procure around 22 Cheetal choppers for Army, Defence Ministry officials said.
    The Cheetals are an upgraded version of the vintage Cheetahs with more powerful engines manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
    These choppers are being procured as thereis a delay in the acquisition of new Light Utility Helicopters (LUHs) for replacing theCheetah/Chetak fleet of IAF and Army due to cancellation of procurement procedures in the recent past , they said.
    Army has some of its squadrons of Cheetah/Chetak choppers deployed in Siachen base camp and around Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to support its troops deployed at and along the world's highest battlefield there, the officials said.
    The Defence Ministry is procuring 197 LUHs of which 133 would go to Army while the remaining would go to IAF.
    European Eurocopter and Russian Kamov 226Sergei are in the race for supplying these newchoppers but the Defence Ministry is yet to take a final decision on starting commercial negotiations with the two vendors.
    The Navy has also issued a tender for procuring 56 choppers that will replace itsfleet of the vintage Cheetah/Chetak helicopters.
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