Lockheed Martin display MH-60R Romeo helicopter for the Navy

Why the subcontinent of India is in love with the US MH-60R Romeo anti-submarine warfare helicopter? India will buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin for the Indian Navy for USD 2.6 billion. The deal was signed between Washington and New Delhi during Donald Trump's maiden visit to India. Multi-role helicopters play a very key role in modern naval fleet operations and the Indian Navy was trying to find the best fit for its operations for more than a decade.

Lockheed Martin display MH-60R Romeo helicopter for the Navy
MH-60R Romeo
Lockheed Martin display MH-60R Romeo helicopter for the Navy

What is the use of MH-60 Romeo helicopters to the Indian Navy?

The helicopters, with anti-surface, anti-submarine warfare, search, and rescue missions capabilities, will prove to be a very potent weapon against the rising Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean Region.

‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters have advanced combat systems like sensors, missiles, and torpedoes to track and hunt enemy boats and submarines. The helicopter can easily strike fear in a submarine Captain’s mind.

How does the MH-60 Romeo hunt submarines?

It has a range of radars and sensors to detect the submarine inside the deep sea. Sonobuoy launcher and a Raytheon advanced airborne low-frequency (ALFS) dipping sonar to detect submarines at any depth.

What are the weapons that the MH-60 Romeo helicopters can carry?

The choppers will be armed with Hellfire missiles, precision kill weapon systems, and MK 54 torpedoes.

Anti-surface warfare missions: It can carry weapons on the four weapons stations, including AGM-114 Hellfire anti-surface missiles.Anti-submarine warfare: Three ATK mk50 or mk46 lightweight torpedoes. 7.62 mm machine gun.

What are the specifications of MH-60 Romeo?

Costs $28 Million
Weight 6,895 kg
Maximum take-off weight: 10,659 kg
Service ceiling: 3,438m (2,14 miles)
Range 834km (518 miles)
Maximum cruise speed 267km/h (162.8 mph)
Climb rate 8.38m/s