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Indian Navy plans to expand Anti-Submarine Warfare fleet by acquiring 12 more MH-60R ASW Helicopters

Source : IgMp News Bulletin

Indian Navy plans to expand Anti-Submarine Warfare fleet by acquiring 12 more MH-60R ASW Helicopters
Indian Navy MH-60 Romeo Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter (Image Credit : Indian Navy/X @indiannavy)

The Indian Navy is contemplating the addition of 12 extra Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to its fleet, reports suggest. According to sources familiar with the matter, this prospective deal, expected to be finalized in 2026, would be facilitated through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, subject to approval by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Strengthening Naval Capabilities: MH-60R Seahawk Integration

Having recently welcomed its initial squadron of MH-60R Seahawks, the Indian Navy has significantly bolstered its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. These adaptable helicopters come equipped with an impressive array of armaments, including Hellfire missiles, MK-54 torpedoes, and precision-guided rockets. Moreover, they feature advanced multi-mode radars and night-vision systems, enabling effective operations even in the most challenging maritime environments.

Progress of Current Contract and Future Prospects

Under the existing contract inked in February 2020, valued at Rs 15,157 crore ($2.13 billion), the Indian Navy is set to acquire 24 MH-60R helicopters. Six of these helicopters have already been inducted, with the remaining 18 scheduled for delivery by the conclusion of 2025.

Significance of Additional Seahawks Acquisition

The potential procurement of an additional 12 Seahawks underscores the Indian Navy’s contentment with the capabilities exhibited by this platform. These helicopters offer a formidable blend of firepower, advanced sensor technologies, and operational versatility, rendering them indispensable assets for a diverse range of maritime missions, including:

  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Anti-surface warfare
  • Search and rescue operations
  • Maritime patrol
  • Special operations support

The deliberation to expand the MH-60R Seahawk fleet aligns with India’s strategic imperative to fortify its naval prowess. As maritime challenges continue to evolve, such acquisitions reaffirm the Indian Navy’s commitment to staying at the forefront of modern naval warfare. With the MH-60R Seahawks poised to play a pivotal role in safeguarding India’s maritime interests, this prospective procurement signifies a significant stride towards bolstering the nation’s maritime defense capabilities.

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