- Through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) route, India and the United States agreed to a Rs 15,000 crore deal for the helicopters.
- The first three MH 60 'Romeo' helicopters arrived in the United States in 2021 and are being used to train Indian Navy crews, they said.
The Indian Navy received two of the 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ multi-mission helicopters from the US on Thursday in an effort to improve its combat capabilities.
Hellfire missiles and lethal rocket systems will be installed on all 24 all-weather helicopters.
According to Navy officials, the two helicopters were delivered at Cochin airport, with another helicopter scheduled to arrive next month.
Through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) route, India and the United States agreed to a Rs 15,000 crore deal for the helicopters.
It means that the US government is guaranteeing all of the contract’s obligations. These helicopters are built by Lockheed Martin.
The first three MH 60 ‘Romeo’ helicopters arrived in the United States in 2021 and are being used to train Indian Navy crews, they said.
By 2025, all 24 MH 60R helicopters will have been delivered. The introduction of cutting-edge mission-capable platforms will significantly improve the Indian Navy’s integral anti-submarine warfare capability.
With the delivery on Thursday, the total number of helicopters handed over to the Indian Navy has risen to five. The MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather helicopter equipped with cutting-edge avionics and sensors that can support a variety of missions.
The Navy stated that the helicopters will be capable of performing a variety of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship strike, specialised maritime operations, and search and rescue operations.