The Indian Navy is set to receive 3 of 24 MH-60 Romeo multirole helicopters from USA in July 2021.

Backdrop

India and the United States of America had signed a deal worth US$ 2.4 billion in February 2020 to procure 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin.

Highlights

The 1st batch of Indian pilots has reached USA for training on helicopters. Pilots would undergo training first in Pensacola in Florida and then in San Diego in California.

MH-60 Romeo

The MH-60 Romeo helicopters have been designed to operate from aircraft carriers, cruisers, frigates and destroyers. It would be equipped with multi-mode radars and night vision devices. They would be armed with Hellfire missiles, precision-guided weaponry and torpedoes. These helicopters are built to target ships, submarines and conduct search & rescue operations at sea. It will replace Sea Kings.

ALH MK- III

Apart from Romeo, Indian Navy also inducted 3 indigenously-built advanced light helicopters called ALH MK-III. These helicopters will be used to ensure coastal security and maritime reconnaissance. Helicopters were made by Centre-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and are equipped with electro-optical equipment & modern surveillance radar. Thus, they offer long range search and rescue. They are also armed with a heavy machine gun.

Indian Navy to receive MH-60 Romeo helicopters from USA