24 of them have been contracted throughout Donald Trump go to to satisfy important scarcity
A crew of 18 Navy personnel reached the U.S. for coaching on the MH-60R multi-role helicopters, 24 of which have been contracted in a $2.2-billion deal signed throughout the go to of then President Donald Trump in February 2020.
“Three helicopters are scheduled to be delivered to the Navy subsequent month which might be used for coaching within the U.S. The primary batch is prone to arrive in India by June 2022,” a defence official mentioned. Coaching of the primary batch of aircrew and technical crew, will begin at Pensacola, Florida and San Diego, the official mentioned.
The helicopters constructed by Lockheed Martin are being procured underneath the ‘Purchase (World)’ class of the procurement process by means of the International Navy Gross sales route of the U.S. The deliveries are anticipated to be accomplished by 2025.
“MH-60R worldwide partnerships proceed — Indian Navy college students arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and North Island to begin coaching with two MH-60R helicopters whereas strengthening world partnerships,” the U.S. Naval Air Methods Command mentioned on twitter.
The Navy is going through an acute scarcity of helicopters on its frontline warships however procurement of latest helicopters has been repeatedly delayed. A young for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) is being processed by means of the strategic partnership route of procurement process whereas there’s a projected requirement of 123 multi-role helicopters. To deal with the shortfall within the interim, the Navy issued a Request for Info (RFI) for lease of 24 mild helicopters in April.
The MH-60R helicopters will be successfully employed for offensive and defensive roles together with anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship strike, low depth maritime operations, search and rescue, over the horizon community centric operations and digital warfare.
The MH-60Rs are a alternative for the Sea King 42/42A helicopters already decommissioned within the Nineties and are envisaged to function from frontline ships and plane carriers offering them the important attributes of flexibility of operation, enhanced surveillance and attacking functionality.