Indian Navy’s Rafale attack helicopters ‘un-aircraft capable’
Indian Navy helicopters, which have been a key part of the Indian Air Force since the mid-1980s, are now “un-armored” and could be “a threat to national security”, an official told NDTV.
The report said the navy is considering the issue, as the indigenous Rafales can carry two helicopters and a light helicopter.
The air force is already developing the Rafale, which will be a long-range attack helicopter, but will be “built in India” and the indigenous version would have to be developed.
“This is a serious threat to Indian national security.
It is a very significant and significant issue for us, and we need to consider it,” the official said.
The official, who was not authorised to speak to the media, said the defence minister and the defence secretary were in the process of talking to the defence ministry about the issue.
The defence ministry is working with the air force to develop a replacement for the indigenous model of Rafale.
“There is a lot of interest in the defence industry.
There is a huge interest in defence procurement.
We are in touch with the industry.
But there is a significant question of the design of the indigenous airframe,” the defence official said, adding the defence ministers were discussing the issue with the defence department.