In the proposal initiated by Indian Air Force (IAF) for the procurement of 15 Heavy Lift Helicopters, M/s Boeing with Chinook helicopter has emerged as the L1 Vendor. The cost of the contract would depend upon outcome of the contract negotiation with the L1 vendor, which has not yet concluded.
The Field Evaluation Trials for these helicopters conducted by the Indian Air Force have found them to be compliant with all the stated Air Staff Qualitative Requirements (ASQRs). Divulging further details in this regard may not be in the interest of national security.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shrimati Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha today.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Although Boeing’s victory was first reported by PTI on Oct. 29, it was questioned last week by Russian’s arms export agency, Rosonboroneksport. The above ministerial statement is the first official confirmation of Boeing’s selection.)