Tuesday, August 28, 2018

India Clears Decks For 24 American MH-60 Romeo Helicopters For Navy

The Indian Navy gets to exhale a bit, as a crucial and long-pending demand for a replacement of its old fleet of Sea King anti-submarine/utility helicopters gets off the ground. The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 25 August 2018 cleared decks for the navy to go ahead and contract for 24 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60 Romeo maritime helicopters in a government-to-government deal with the Pentagon. The deal is expected to be worth $1.8 billion.

The move comes days before Delhi and Washington engaged in a crucial ‘2+2’ dialogue in the Indian capital, in which US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will meet with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman on a range of issues, including military trade. The MH-60 Romeo proposal has been key to discussions over the better part of three years now.
27/08/18 Shiv Aroor/Swarajya

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