Haryana will soon purchase 9-seater helicopter for VVIPs

Chandigarh: The Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Janata Party (BJP-JJP) government is buying a twin-engine nine-seater helicopter to provide air transport services to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Governor Bandar Dattatreya, officials said on Wednesday. Haryana Government has already purchased a 10-seater Beachcraft King Air 250 twin-turboprop aircraft for VVIPs in 2018.

Officials say the state government’s high-powered purchasing committee (HPPC) has finalized the chopper purchase of the Airbus H145-D3 after talks with Airbus Helicopters in Germany. The helicopter will cost public coffers 77 crores ($ 97,55,689).

Officials say the talks yielded a profit of $ 3,00,000, which is about 3% of the original price offered. The helicopter is fitted with an improved soundproofing, strobe lights and cockpit for night vision, an official said.

‘Existing helicopter is very old, VVIP safety is important’

Officials defending the acquisition of the latest flying machine said the state government purchased the last helicopter (Eurocopter EC-145) for VVIPs in 2008-09. The aging Eurocopter is often grounded and costs a lot to maintain, he said. The process of procuring a new twin-engine helicopter RT to replace an existing machine began in December 2021 when a global bid floated. Three basic equipment manufacturers attended the pre-bid meeting – Airbus Helicopters, Germany, Leonardo SPA, Italy and Bell Textron Aviation, US. The single bid was received by Airbus Helicopters on March 22, the tender submission deadline. “The Civil Aviation Department has evaluated the contribution of Airbus Helicopters, taking into account the aging and frequent grounding of the existing helicopter and the safety of VVIPs. The state delegation also visits the production facility after issuing a formal purchase order.

Airbus helicopters have agreed to deliver the helicopter within 15 months from the date of signing the purchase agreement, officials said.

The Beachcraft King Air 250 was purchased by the BJP government in 2018 62,50,000 (approx.) 40 crores). The Eurocopter EC-145 was purchased by the Congress government at a cost of € 5.5 million (approx.) 33 crores in 2009.

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