Sikorsky signed a contract to supply 24 MH-60R Maritime helicopters for Indian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Romeo helicopter conducts functional testing of the newly fitted Airborne Low Frequency Sonar System (ALFS) off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.

Sikorsky has signed a contract with the US Navy to provide 24 examples of the MH-60R helicopter to the Indian navy for anti-submarine warfare.

The sale of 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters for $2.6 billion is announced in the joint statement between Trump and Modi after the delegation-level talks in Hyderabad House in Delhi.

The 24 MH-60 helicopters, built by Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky Aircraft, will be procured under the ‘government-to-government’ route. The MH-60 is the US Navy’s primary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter and is also capable of search and rescue and supply missions.

These helicopters will replace 15 Sea King anti-submarine warfare helicopters de-inducted from service in 1991 and one Sea King 42B MRH, lost in an accident. The current MRHs in service—Sea King 42Bs—were inducted in the 1980s when the Indian Navy got its now decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

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