India will soon finalize a platform for developing its indigenous Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft (AWACS), with Airbus Defense and Space apparently emerging as the sole bidder with its A330 widebody aircraft.
Russian Helicopters has delivered 141 Mi-17 V5 helicopters so far, since India ordered 80 Mi-17 V5 helos from Russia in 2008 for about $1.2 billion, followed by an additional order of 71 helos in 2012.
ShinMaywa will probably choose a private local partner to help build the aircraft for the Indian navy, and perhaps make parts for export. Local content is the key issue to be settled before a contract.
India's defense ministry has been asking for extensions, a Boeing India executive says. "We did provide them as and when appropriate," he says. "It is not always possible to keep extending, because we live in a world where we feel inflationary pressure."
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