The Indian Navy is pushing ahead with a planned deal for ten new Ka-31 AEW helicopters

India's fleet of Ka-31 AEW helicopters is ageing, and new examples are needed to equip forthcoming warships.

The Indian Navy (IN) is advancing its long-pending procurement of ten Ka-31 airborne early warning (AEW) helicopters for an estimated Rs. 36 billion ($480 million), for deployment aboard two aircraft carriers and varied frontline warships.

Industry sources said the IN recently asked the MoD to ‘swiftly resolve’ some ‘deviations’ in the original tender to expedite the purchase of the twin-engine Ka-31s.

Four have been earmarked for deployment aboard INS Vikrant, the navy’s indigenous 37,750t aircraft carrier scheduled for commissioning in August.

The remaining six AEW helicopters are intended for four under-construction Project 11356M Talwar-class frigates and other assorted vessels.