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India to Buy MH60 Romeo Helicopters

India to Buy MH60 Romeo Helicopters

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Why in news ?

  • 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.

 Details and significance :

  • The MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopter is considered to be the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.
  • Built by Lockheed Martin, the helicopters are designed to hunt down submarines, as well as knock out ships and conduct search-and-rescue operations at sea.
  • They will provide the Indian defence forces with the capability to perform anti-surface and antisubmarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue and communications relay.
  • These helicopters would replenish India’s aging fleet of British-made Sea King helicopters.
  • It able to deploy aboard any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or aircraft carrier, the Seahawk can handle anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), naval special warfare (NSW) insertion, search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).
  • The Navy is desperate to induct the MH-60Rs because its warships are virtually bereft of such helicopters at a time when Chinese nuclear and diesel-electric submarines are making regular forays into the Indian Ocean Region.

Additional references : https://youtu.be/guY1NzktpjU