"All 10 copters will be modernized and upgraded and delivered at regular intervals over the coming five years," the official said of the Kamov-28 helicopters. India issued a request to upgrade the helicopters in 2008.
According to an Indian Navy official, the service is facing a shortage of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters and has been relying on Kamov-28s with 1980s-era technology. The other ASW helicopters with the Navy are 16 aging Sea King helicopters, which need urgent replacement, the official added.
To circumvent the European sanctions against Russia, which could hinder supply of advanced sensors from Europe, the Kamov-28s will first be sent for technical haul by Russian-based firm Russian Helicopters and then brought back to India.
Vivek Raghuvanshi is the India correspondent for Defense News.