With an investment of around Rs 13500 Crore, India is about to finalize a deal with United States to fulfill its “urgent requirement” of anti-submarine helicopters, media reports revealed today.
The National Defense Academy of India Thursday had issued the “letter of request” to the US government seeking ‘Romeo’, a heavy duty chopper. This follows after the US Vice President Mike Pence held a successful meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in Singapore on the sidelines of a regional summit. The Bilateral defence relationship was one of the top agendas discussed by the two.
Reportedly, the deal between the defense industry, with India seeking US 24 naval multi-role MH- 60 Romeo anti-submarine helicopters, manufactured by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin will be finslised within a few months, with an estimated cost of $2 Billion.
According to industry experts, Romeo is the most capable naval helicopter designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. MH-60 Romeo Seahawks would add lethal capabilities of the Indian Navy, which Indian experts say is the need of the hour given the aggressive behavior of China in the Indian Ocean region.