US Approved Sale Of 24 MH 70R Multi Role Helicopters To India

In a move likely to delight the Trump administration, India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is shortly to approve a government-to-government deal for procuring 24 MH-70R multi-role helicopters worth over $2 billion from the US. The Indian navy is short of 61 MRH which its warships can use for surveillance missions, attack enemy warships and hunt enemy submarines. The last helicopters were acquired over 30 years ago, between 1986 and 1989. Earlier, in April, India approved the acquisition of 13 127 mm naval guns worth an estimated Rs 3,000 crore from the US through this route; an unspecified number of US-made Har­poon anti-ship missiles are also in the pipeline. Naval analysts, however, believe the smaller number of helicopters will mean complex maintenance issues. “It will enhan

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