Oh that. It's a different story.Nope. I specifically meant NMRH. I think in these very series of articles there was a quote by the CMD admitting that HAL wasn't developing an IN version of the MRH & that HAL would understand if the IN went abroad to source their requirements. However, the NUH was a different story according to him, your statement of 2011 & it's veracity notwithstanding.
HAL already finished the primary design of two separate designs. Land and naval version of IMRH.
HAL chairman said the navy version is doubtful. (Probably because of funding not because they can't or want to.)
But what is the point? six years down the line new NMRH would be in the advance stage (IMRH just started flying) then HAL guys would come in and claim they can modify IMRH rotor to fit in the navy requirements.
It is surprising that HAL has retorted in this manner. With conviction I can say that HAL dragged the issue of NUH (naval utility helicopter) for a number of years after it failed to meet NASQRs (naval air staff qualitative requirements) in 2003. HAL must also be reminded that in 2011 they gave in writing that they (HAL) cannot meet the NASQRs of NUH, since they cannot manufacture auto blade folding mechanism.“
A war of words over HAL's Dhruv helicopter for the Indian Navy, sparked by an interview on Livefist this week, has escalated further. After an angry HAL took issue with a former Chief of Naval Staff calling them 'lethargic, deadbeat' for their lack of initiative in delivering a ship-worthy Dhruv...
IMRH will be the same story. They will never let go 100+ orders.