Indian Navy crew has started training on two MH-60R helicopters which will be delivered next month.
In a graphic: India-US—Brothers in Arms
By Sandeep Unnithan
September 23, 2021
A look at some of the big military hardware deals the two countries are negotiating
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IAF's C-130J Hercules carrying Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, lands during the inauguration of Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) on NH-925 in Barmer district, Rajasthan, on Sept. 9, 2021. Photo by Vijay Verma/PTI Photo.
One of the key pillars of the Indo-US defence relationship is the sale of military hardware. Over the past decade, the US has emerged as one of the largest suppliers of arms to India, selling aircraft, helicopters and missiles worth $22 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore). Deals worth close to $10 billion (Rs 73,825 crore) are either being negotiated or are close to being signed. These include repeat orders for the P-8I Poseidon long range maritime patrol aircraft and the C-130J transport aircraft, indicating a high level of customer satisfaction. There are breakthrough deals, like those for 30 MQ-9 Predator-B drones worth $3 billion (Rs 22,147 crore)—among the single biggest deals in recent years—being negotiated for the three Indian armed services. There are others like the NASAMS-II, a missile shield meant to protect vital installations in New Delhi from aerial threats, and for ISTAR aircraft, meant to detect targets on the ground.
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In a graphic: India-US—Brothers in Arms
Doubtful.Is there any possibility of US giving out stocked old Apache for Army or Sirkosky for Navy?
Yes. Especially the MH-60Rs. The Navy's Sea Kings are too old. For the 1 billion we insist on wasting on the NASAMS-II we could have had 11-12 MH-60Rs. That would take the number of MH-60R with the IN to 35-36.Both are needed. . Apache until atleast LCH is inducted and Sirkosky until further orders?
Is there any possibility of US giving out stocked old Apache for Army or Sirkosky for Navy?
Both are needed. . Apache until atleast LCH is inducted and Sirkosky until further orders?
The Navy had purchased 41-42 Sea Kings from 1969-87. Not sure how many remain operational today. Given the increase in the Navy's fleet size since the 80s & the ever growing need of ASW platforms/helos we need more than 42 units of MH-60Rs.
The combined need for Utility & Multirole helo is 234. I was only talking about replacing the Sea King , so the multirole helo. The article says the Navy wants 123 of those.This is the actual requirement.
The Indian Navy wants to buy 234 helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of Sea Kings and Chetaks.www.hindustantimes.com
That's true. Although I was hoping the LHDs would get heavier helos like Chinooks.Anyway, with our main LHDs significantly delayed, I suppose this will give HAL the decade they need to make a naval helicopter for the NMRH requirement.
The combined need for Utility & Multirole helo is 234. I was only talking about replacing the Sea King , so the multirole helo. The article says the Navy wants 123 of those.
The Navy just told HAL that the HAL's IMRH for the navy must use the same engine as the MH-60R. At least someone is thinking of logistics. It would be safe to assume the IN's NMRH needs would be met by MH-60R & HAL IMRH. How many of which will broadly depend on HAL's timeline for developing the IMRH. The sooner it is ready the more the orders it stands a chance of getting.
If the current delivery timelines of 2028 stands, I can see the navy ordering another 24 MH-60R. The recently seen wind tunnel photos were of the Naval version of the IMRH. Maybe HAL is pushing the Naval version ahead of the other versions.
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HAL has also developed the automatic tail & blade folding. The front blade is still sticking out though. They are about to do flight trials on that very soon. Assuming they succeed that opens up the door for HAL in the naval utility helo space.
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That's true. Although I was hoping the LHDs would get heavier helos like Chinooks.