India has proposed to buy 24 US multirole MH-60 Romeo
anti-submarine helicopters at an estimated cost of $ 2 billion, revealed the
sources from defence industry. India badly requires these formidable anti-submarine
hunter helicopters according to defence experts. Recently on the side lines of
a regional summit in Singapore PM of India Mr. Narendra Modi and US
Vice-President Mike Pence held a successful meeting in which the deal was most
probably discussed, according to the people familiar with the matter.
As per the relevant sources, the Romeo helicopter deal is
expected to have and offset clause also which would require certain percentage
of the total deal money to be spent in India. Along with that, in line with
Modiji’s make-in-India initiative in the defence sector, India plans to follow up
this urgent requirement with a plan to
manufacture 123 number of Romeo helicopters in India, in near future.
This is the most capable naval helicopters that is designed
to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers
simultaneously, according to the defence industry experts.
MH-60 Romeo Seahawks is definitely going to be a significant
addition to the existing lethal capability of the Indian navy, keeping in mind
the naval threats that emanate from China. A futuristic strategic move as it
looks, Indian navy’s deterrence capability shall get an instant boost through
this important acquisition.