Just forward of US President’s scheduled two-day go to to India, the Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the acquisition of 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters multi-role helicopters price across the US $2.5 billion for the Indian Navy.
The clearance would imply that the 2 international locations could signal a deal to obtain 24 of those anti-submarine helicopters from Lockheed Martin. Basically, these choppers are manufactured by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin firm. Navies throughout the globe together with Royal Danish and Royal Australian Navy use these multi-role choppers.
The Indian Navy has been scouting for a formidable anti-submarine hunter for greater than a decade now because the growing old British-made Sea King choppers are throwing a significant problem to conduct the operations successfully. Notably, the Seahawks would offer much-needed eyes, ears, and arms to conduct surveillance and search out enemy submarines.
‘Romeo’ to counter China in the Indian Ocean Region
The major operate of the MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters embody anti-surface, anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue missions. These utilities are anticipated to ship a knockout punch to any Chinese misadventure in the Indian Ocean Region.
Further, the chopper is loaded with superior fight techniques like sensors, missiles, and torpedoes to trace and hunt enemy boats and submarines. Moreover, it additionally has Sonobuoy launcher and a Raytheon superior airborne low-frequency (ALFS) dipping sonar to detect submarines. Once procured the chopper will carry Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedoes.
Multi-role Chopper for Indian Navy
Apart from being able to conducting fight, Seahawk is additionally able to performing different non-combat maritime roles together with search and rescue, logistics help, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and surveillance.
It may be operated from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and plane carriers. The Indian Navy had issued a world Request for Information (RFI) for procuring 111 utility and 123 multi-role helicopters in 2017.
These 24 ‘Romeo’ helicopters might be procured on an ’emergency’ foundation below the US Foreign Military Sales program. The deal is additionally prone to have an offset which might pave method for long-term manufacture of 123 multi-role helicopters in India.