Lockheed Martin is waiting for US State Department Clearance for India's request to purchase 24 multi-role MH-60R Romeo anti-submarine helicopters.
"The US Navy is preparing its response, which is expected to be delivered shortly," Vivek Lall, Vice President, Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin told PTI.
"The MH-60R 'Romeo' is the right aircraft for the Indian Navy as it provides a vital capability for the Navy in the Indo-Pacific region," he added.
The Indian MoD accorded approval for the purchase of two dozen MH-60R helicopters in June last year and sent a formal request to the United States government to buy the helicopters; a deal potentially worth $2 billion (INR 143 billion) for Lockheed Martin- Sikorsky.
The contract is expected to have an offset requirement. India had plans to follow up with the “urgent” requirement of the helicopters with a long-term plan to manufacture 123 of the same aircraft in India.
MH-60R Seahawk missions are anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, combat search and rescue, naval gunfire support and logistics support.
The MH-60R airframe is based on that of the Sikorsky S-70B, a venerable but ageing naval helicopter. It comes with the latest generation cockpit and avionics, and changes to its tail-wheel to ease handling on a ship deck. The aircraft comes with a variety of sensors and weapons including the potent MK54 torpedo that can take out both ships and submarines.
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India has inducted its first Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter to its air force fleet on Friday. The helicopter was handed over to the country during the ‘India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony held in Philadelphia, WION reported
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The United States has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 24 MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters made by Lockheed Martin for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion
The Indian Navy is likely to sign the $2 billion (INR 13,700 crore) deal for 24 Lockheed Martin MH60R helicopters by October this year. The contract under the US Foreign Military Sales the programme is to replace the fleet of Sea King Mk 42B/C and Ka-28 helicopters
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to design and support the AN/BLQ-10 electronic warfare (EW) system for the US Navy submarines under terms of a $20 million order announced Friday. “Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Syracuse, New York, is awarded a $20,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for engineering and technical services for the design, development, testing, integration, technology insertion/refreshment and system support of the AN/BLQ-10 Electronic Warfare System (Technology Insertion (TI)-20, TI-22, and TI-24) on new-construction and in-service submarines,” the Department of defense said in a release
Lockheed Martin has won a $184 million modification contract from the US Navy for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems. SEWIP is a development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system
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