Is Indian Navy Considering More Romeos?

India has sought from the US 24 multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ anti-submarine helicopters for its Navy at an estimated cost of USD 2 billion, defence industry sources here said. India has sent a letter of request to the US for an “urgent requirement” of 24 multi-role helicopters – MH 60 Romeo Seahawk.

India has been in need of these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade now. The Navy requires at least 123 of the Naval Multi Role Helicopters (NMRH) and had released a global request for information in August 2017.

As per a TOI report, the Indian Navy has been trying to procure these helicopters, which enable warships to locate and take down enemy submarines beyond the limited radius of onboard sensors, for years without success.

The last attempt in 2005 ended in failure with the Navy now looking to get the advanced MH 60 ‘Romeo’ choppers from the US in direct government purchase. Read More

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