A photo of the first flight of the MH-60 Romeo multirole helicopter to be purchased in the United States for the Indian Navy has been revealed. This photo was posted by the US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command. The US Navy said the flight test of this helicopter had started in Ovego, New York. India had signed an agreement with the American company Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 24 helicopters of this type worth 2.6 billion dollars. The helicopter specializes in detecting their presence in view of the growing number of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean. In addition, they will also be equipped with deadly missiles and torpedoes that destroy enemy warships and submarines. However, the image that just presented itself is of the Lockheed Martin manufacturing plant in the United States. In such a situation, it can take months to join the Indian Navy.
Will keep a close eye on the China-Pak movement in the Indian Ocean
China has now set its eyes on the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea after displaying its greatness in the South China Sea. Chinese submarines, warships and spy ships continually patrol the Andaman Sea. On the other hand, Pakistan and China are continually incorporating state-of-the-art tanks and armored vehicles at their land borders. For this reason, India also purchased a Chinook heavy lift helicopter and an Apache attack helicopter shortly before to increase its tactical strength.
India buys 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters
During the visit of US President Donald Trump, India signed an agreement for the purchase of 24 Multiuser MH60 Romeo helicopters. The MH60 Romeo helicopters will replace the older Sea King helicopters built in the UK in India. These helicopters will enable the Indian Defense Forces to successfully conduct surface and submarine drilling operations. These helicopters worth Rs 15,157 crore can be operated from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. A helicopter costs around $ 28 million.
The American ‘Romeo’ is a ‘flying frigate’ in the sea
MH60 Romeo helicopters are called frigates flying over the sea. The helicopter is equipped with multimode radar, night vision equipment, Hellfire missiles, MK-54 torpedoes and rockets capable of destroying enemy submarines . India currently has 140 warships, but there is a severe shortage of naval attack helicopters. Around 300 MH60 RC Hawk helicopters are in use around the world. The helicopter has a firepower of approximately 834 km and weighs 689 kg.
The MH-60 Romeo will be the era of the Chinese submarine
The MH60 RC Hawk helicopter will become a long range eye, ear and enemy elimination weapon for the Indian Navy. These helicopters are introduced into the Indian Navy at a time when India faces the infiltration of Chinese submarines and warships into the Indian Ocean. The Reddors and sensors mounted in Sea Hawk will not only be able to identify submarines passing underwater, but will also be able to hunt them in time. Alam is that the legend of every submarine is frightened by this fierce hunter.
The Romeo helicopter is equipped with these weapons
The MH60 Romeo helicopter can be equipped with many types of weapons. It has four points for the deployment of weapons. In which Lockheed Martin’s AGM-114 Hellfire anti-surface missile can be mounted. It can launch active / passive AKT MK50 or MK46 anti-submarine torpedoes to target submarines. For its safety, it can also be equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun.