New Delhi : India is probably going to sign a $2.6 billion arrangement for 24 maritime helicopters from the US during President Donald Trump’s two-day visit one week from now.
That could be the main arrangement to solidify during the prominent presidential visit after President Trump cast questions over any exchange agreement with India for the time being.
24 maritime helicopters – MH-60R – are probably going to supplant the old British-made Sea King choppers, which originally joined the Indian military armada 49 years back. The MH-60R will be conveyed on warships to battle submarines and ships.
It was in July 1971 that the Sea King helicopter arrived on the deck of INS Vikrant, India’s first plane carrying warship. Variations of a similar Sea King helicopter keep on flying. They have remained the essential enemy of submarine helicopter of the Indian Navy, intended to recognize foe submarines and, if vital, to take them out utilizing torpedoes.
The US cleared the $ 2.6 billion MH-60R chopper deal a year ago. As indicated by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, “the proposed deal will give India the capacity to perform against surface and hostile to submarine fighting missions alongside the capacity to perform optional missions including vertical renewal, search and salvage and interchanges hand-off.”
The MH-60 was chosen through serious offering however the arrangement fallen as a result of worries over the cost. This brought about the delicate being dropped. Stressed over the draining quality of its Naval helicopter armada, the administration made a proper solicitation to the US in November 2018 for the acquisition of 24 MH-60R choppers in a legislature to government bargain under the Foreign Military Sales course.
This solicitation came only a month after the two nations marked the Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA), a ”central understanding” that permits the United States to lawfully share very good quality encoded correspondence and satellite information with an inviting accomplice country. The choppers are good with American warships, automatons, and submarines if Indian and American powers choose to work together later on. The two sides as of now participate in very good quality Naval activities and are close key accomplices