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India, US signs contract for 24 MH-60R Helicopters

India has signed a contract with US for procurement of 24 MH-60 Romeo’ anti-submarine fourth-generation helicopters through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in a deal worth USD 2.6 Billion for the Indian Navy to be inducted over five years and envisaging 30 percent offsets contract. The choppers, manufactured by the Lockheed Martin, can operate from Naval vessels and will be armed with Hellfire missiles, precision kill weapon system and MK 54 torpedoes boosting anti-surface, anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue missions capabilities. The Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters are powered with engines from the GE Aviation subsidiary of General Electric would replace Sea King helicopters. Sikorsky has previously teamed with Tata Group to produce cabins in India for its big S-92 helicopters.

The US State Department approved the sale of the choppers to India last year along with radars, torpedoes and 10 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Further, in Feb 2020, the procurement was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

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