Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved procurement of 10 Kamov Ka-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control helicopters for Indian Navy. The cost of the deal will be around Rs 3,600 crore.
Indian Navy already has fleet of 12 of these Kamov-28 choppers which sanitise air space around aircraft carriers and destroyers operating in open seas. They are also used along with the Seaking choppers for the anti-submarine warfare operations. These choppers were procured long back in 1980s. Kamov-31 helocopters are advanced and upgraded version of Kamov-28 helicopters.