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India to purchase US-made MH-60R instead of Russian helicopters

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The U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of MH-60R Sea Hawk multi-mission helicopters,  the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 2 April.

It said the proposed sale was worth an estimated $2.6 billion and included 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN).

As noted by the DSCA, in addition the potential sale would include 30 APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars, 60 T700-GE-401C engines, 24 Airborne Low Frequency System (ALFS), 1000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys; 10 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles; 38 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) rockets; 70 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Devices and an assortment of radars and other parts.

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“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region,” said in a statement.

The proposed sale will provide India the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.

It is worth noting that the delivery of new US-made helicopters, which are intended to replace the service’s fleet of Sea King Mk 42B/C and Ka-28 helicopters.

Russia, too, tried to offer its modernized Ka-27 and Ka-32 helicopters, but the Indian government chose MH-60R Sea Hawk.

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