The Indian Navy is putting new energy into its neglected fleet of Kamov Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters. The ten machines available, delivered by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, will undergo a life-extension program.
Six of the ten will get new sensor to make them current to today’s requirement, while the focus with the other four is on overhauling the engines, the Indian Defence Acquisition Council announced. The work will be done in Russia.
Officially the Indian Naval Air Arm has 14 Kamov Ka-28s – NATO reporting name Helix-A – on strength, but they lack operational airworthiness. The Indian maritime ASW rotary fleet also includes 7 Ka-25s (“Hormone”) and 22 Westland Sea Kings.
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Featured image: An Indian Naval Air Arm Kamov Ka-28 (Image © India Ministry of Defence)