American defence producer Lockheed Martin on Friday shared the picture of MH-60 Romeo chopper in Indian colors. The chopper will likely be inducted within the Indian Navy.
“This #NavyDay, we’re proud to share the primary look of the #IndianNavy’s #MH60R in all its glory. #RomeoForIndia,” Lockheed Martin posted on Twitter.
India had signed $2.6 billion deal in 2019 to purchase 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin.
Designed for searching submarines in addition to knocking out ships and conducting search-and-rescue operations at sea, the Lockheed Martin-built helicopters would replenish India’s ageing fleet of British-made Sea King helicopters.
The multi-mission helicopters can detect, monitor and assault submarines and floor ships.
On Friday, the US additionally authorized the sale of $90 million value of army hardware and companies to India in help of its fleet of C-130J Tremendous Hercules army transport plane.
The Pentagon stated that the proposed sale ensures the beforehand procured plane operates successfully to serve the wants of the Indian Air Pressure (IAF), the Military and the Navy transport necessities, native and worldwide humanitarian help, and regional catastrophe aid.
This proposed sale will help the overseas coverage and nationwide safety of america by serving to to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and enhance the safety of a “Main Defence Companion”, in line with the the Defence Safety Cooperation Company (DSCA) of the Division of Defence.
The DSCA additionally stated that India continues to be an vital pressure for political stability, peace and financial progress within the Indo-Pacific and South Asia area.
India and america have been ramping up defence ties lately with joint army workout routines, exchanges and exchanges. They held their first 2+2 ministerial in September 2018 – a simultaneous assembly for his or her defence and overseas ministers. They ended years of discussions and back-and-forth and signed two enabling settlement LEMOA (Logistics Alternate Memorandum of Settlement) and COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Safety Settlement) lately to enhance interoperability between their militaries.
In 2016, the US had designated India as a “Main Defence Companion” meaning to elevate defence commerce and expertise sharing to a stage commensurate with that of its closest allies and companions.