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.