Indian Navy gets two MH-60R choppers from US

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The US has started the supply of MH-60R multirole helicopters to India under foreign military sales at an estimated cost of USD 2.4 billion.

Important facts

  • Recently, US officials handed over the first consignment of two MH-60R helicopters to the Indian Navy at the Cochin International Airport.

  • India will receive the third helicopter in August 2022.

  • India has signed a deal to buy 24 MH-60R helicopters from the US for its navy. The deal will be completed by 2025.

  • In 2019, the US approved the sale of 24 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters to India under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

About MH 60 Romeo 

  • MH 60 Romeo is a multi mission helicopter.

  • It is built by Sikorsky Aircraft.

  • It is considered one of the most advanced maritime helicopters in the world.

  • Three crew members are needed to fly it. It can also carry five passengers.

  • The US Navy uses it.

  • This helicopter can be used for multiple missions including Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Search-and-Rescue (SAR), Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS), Surveillance, Communication Relay, Logistics Support .

  • It is equipped with a Sonobuoy launcher and Raytheon AN/AQS-22 Advanced Airborne Low-Frequency (ALFS) Dipping Sonar for submarine detection.

  • Once the submarine is detected, it can destroy it with its Mk 46 and Mk 50 torpedoes.

  • It uses the AGM-119 Penguin and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles against warships and ships.

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