Ministry of Defence gave approval to Indian Navy to acquire ten ‘Kamov Ka-31’ Airborne Early Warning and Control Helicopter for a deal worth of Rs 3,600 crore from Russia.
These 'Kamov Ka-31', ten helicopters would be deployed on the aircraft carriers and warships of the Indian Navy including the INS Vikrant and Grigorovich-class frigates.
The 'Kamov Ka-31' helicopters will strengthen the capability of Indian Navy against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships.
The deployment of 'Kamov Ka-31' helicopters will help in sanitizing the air space around the battle groups led by the aircraft carriers while carrying out operations in the sea or anti-submarine warfare operations.
For anti-submarine warfare operations, Indian Navy already has a fleet of Russian ‘Kamov-28’ choppers along with ‘Seaking’ choppers which were procured in the 1980s but they need to be upgraded for future operations.
The 'Kamov Ka-31' helicopters is a military helicopter manufactured by ‘JSC Kamov’ (a Russian rotorcraft manufacturing company) and development started in 1987 for Soviet Navy. It is currently in service in Russia, China, and India in Naval role. These are Airborne Early Warning and Control helicopters based on Ka-27 (Ka-28) design.