After IAF, Navy Now Wants Amphibian Aircraft

In March last year, when the Indian Air Force said it wanted six amphibious aircraft for "search and rescue missions, inter-island communication, rapid response duties and reconnaissance of islands" (see RFI here), the Indian Navy wasn't amused, seeing as it was already involved with defining such a requirement for its own air arm. A year on, the navy today said it wanted its own fleet of amphibious aircraft. It is not yet clear if this is the same procurement effort transferred to the navy or a new one entirely (implying two separate competitions for two separate fleets). More details soon.

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