The Indian Navy is set to acquire 24 MH-60R Seahawk Anti-Submarine Helicopters from the US for $2.6 billion (INR 18,340 Crore), Strategic page reported Thursday.
Each helicopter will cost about $109 million (INR 764 Crore) which includes accessories, spare parts, tech support and the cost of establishing maintenance facilities for the new type of helicopter.
These copters can both be used for anti-submarine warfare and for attacks on surface vessels using hellfire missiles. In order to detect submarines the helicopters would be equipped with sonar and radar.
The radar system can be used to detect submarines travelling on the surface or just below. This is especially effective considering modern nuclear submarines travel just below the ocean surface to get rid of exhaust fumes.
These helicopters are the naval version of the US Army’s Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and can be used for search and rescue operations.
The Indian Defence Ministrys approval of a plan to purchase 10 Kamov KA-31 helicopters from Russia suggests that several new large ships would come on stream in the next couple of years which would need the airborne radar support provided by this unique rotorcraft. Among significant ship building projects, the Indian Navy is expected to start trials of the Indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC)-1 next year, though no formal announcement has been made in this regard
India's state-run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has conducted tests of the "Abhyas" High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) drone from Interim Test Range (ITR) in Odisha state, eastern India on Monday. “The flight test was tracked by various RADARS and Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous way point navigation mode,” the DRDO said in a statement
Lockheed Martin has said that its F-21 fighter, customized to suit India, will not be offered to any other country if the Indian Air Force (IAF) places an order for 114 jets that it currently looking to acquire. The IAF last month, issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around $18 billion, which is billed as one of the worlds biggest military procurement in recent years
The United States has now offered Lockheed Martins Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Raytheons Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missile defence systems for India to choose over Russian S-400 Triumf systems, after offering the US-made systems to Turkey. New Delhi signed a deal with Moscow last October for five S-400 defense systems consisting of 8 launchers for $5
The Indian Navy has conducted the maiden co-operative engagement test of the medium range surface to air missile (MRSAM), a ship-based version of Israel's Barak 8 supersonic missile, enhancing India's anti air warfare capabilities. "With the successful 'Co-operative Engagement' firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile, Indian Navy achieves a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti-Air Warfare Capability," Spokesperson for the Indian Navy
India is likely to approve the proposal to buy 12 MQ-9 Sea Guardian drones from the US for its Navy and not 22 of them for $2 billion as planned last year. “India had plans to purchase 22 Sea Guardian drones for the navy, valued at around $2 billion
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