State to procure Airbus H145 helicopter for anti-Naxal ops

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 09:37:29




Staff Reporter,

In a bid to provide an edge to anti-Naxalite operations, Maharashtra Government has decided to procure an Airbus H145 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth facility in Germany. The cost of the helicopter will be around Rs 72.43 crore in Indian curerncy. The helicopter will be parked at Nagpur. The Government was giving a thought to purchasing a new helicopter for anti-Naxalite operations for past some time. In September 2017, State Cabinet cleared a proposal in this regard. Accordingly, a global tender was floated on January 24, 2018. The technical bids were opened in a meeting of technical committee held on February 17. Later, on February 20, financial bids were opened. Based on the report of the technical committee, the financial bids were placed before an empowered committee headed by the then Chief Secretary on April 6.

After studying the bids, the empowered committee decided to procure Airbus H145 helicopter. The said helicopter will be parked at Nagpur, and used for multiple roles in Gadchiroli. The rotorcraft will be used for anti-Naxalite operations, transporting officials and personnel between Nagpur and Gadchiroli, to evacuate injured police personnel in case of medical emergency etc. Based on the empowered committee’s decision, General Administration Department issued a communication on Tuesday regarding procurement of the helicopter with tools.

Of the total cost of the helicopter, Rs 14.49 crore will be paid in the current financial year.
The provision for remaining amount of Rs 57.94 crore will be made through supplementary demand during the monsoon session of State Legislature to be held in July 2018.

The helicopter will provide an edge to the anti-Naxalite operations of Gadchiroli Police.
As per the Airbus’ website, Airbus H145 helicopter has ‘flexibility for a full range of applications, accommodating up to 8 passengers in standard configuration and 10 passengers in a higher density configuration, plus one or two pilots’.

The said rotorcraft can be ‘tailored for emergency medical services and law enforcement duties’, along with aerial work, and passenger transport. The H145 family of helicopters (BK117, EC145 and H145) has close to 1,300 helicopters in service around the world and has clocked in approximately 5 million flight hours.
As far as Donauwörth is concerned, it is Airbus Helicopters’ main site in Germany and its second largest worldwide. The facility designs, manufactures, and sells H135 and H145 rotorcraft at Donauwörth.