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Indian Navy to buy 24 Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:40 pm    Post subject: Indian Navy to buy 24 Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters Reply with quote

https://www.latestly.com/india/news/india-set-to-buy-24-mh-60-romeo-helicopters-from-us-deal-estimated-at-rs-13500-crore-490392.html

India Set to Buy 24 MH-60 'Romeo' Helicopters From US, Deal Estimated at Rs 13,500 Crore

Nov 16, 2018

India on Thursday issued a ‘letter of request’ to the United States for procuring 24 naval multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ helicopters. The entire deal will be of Rs Rs 13, 500 crore. These helicopters will be armed with torpedoes and missiles for robust anti-submarine warfare capabilities, reported The Times of India. The choppers will be inducted in the Indian Navy between 2020 -2024. The government to government deal to acquire MH-60 choppers is likely to be inked within a year. These helicopters are manufactured Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin, under the US foreign military sales programme.

Apart from these choppers, India has also purchased C-17 Globemaster-III strategic airlifters, C-130J “Super Hercules” planes and M-777 ultralight howitzers since 2007. After nine years of negotiations, the attempt to purchase these choppers was stalled in 2016 after discussions failed over a price difference with US manufacturer Sikorsky. The request for information (RFI) was also issued in August last year by the Navy to procure 123 naval multi-role helicopters (NMRH). However, nothing much progress has been made in this direction. The delay in acquiring 123 multi-role helicopters led to consider the US offer for a direct government sale of the Romeo.

The Indian navy is likely to replace the Sea King fleet with MH-60 helicopters. The Navy presently operates 11 Kamov-28 and 17 Sea King ASW helicopters, but only four Kamov-28 and around five Sea King ASW are in flying condition. The MH-60 Seahawk helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter. It is operational and deployed today with the U.S. Navy as the primary anti-submarine warfare anti-surface weapon system for Open Ocean and littoral zones.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/us-approves-sale-of-24-mh-60-romeo-seahawk-helicopters-to-india-for-26-bn/article26719941.ece

US approves sale of 24 MH 60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India for $ 2.6 bn

April 03, 2019

The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of $ 2.6 billion, the State Department has said.

India has been in need of these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade now. Designed for hunting submarines as well as knocking out ships and conducting search-and-rescue operations at sea, the Lockheed Martin-built helicopters, would replenish India’s ageing fleet of British-made Sea King helicopters.

The Trump administration on Tuesday notified the Congress that it has approved the sale of 24 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters, which will provide the Indian defence forces the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. In its notification, the State Department told the Congress that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship.

The sale will improve the security of a major defence partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region, it said. “The proposed sale will provide India the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay,” said the Congressional notification.

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