Indian Navy to get early delivery of 3 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters by the end of this year as reported by Livefist. Earlier the delivery of the Seahawk helicopter was scheduled for the next year but now Sikorsky has received permission to divert three new (undelivered) MH-60Rs originally for US Navy, to the Indian Navy.
India and US signed deal in February for the procurement of MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters for the Indian Navy under $2.12bn, 24 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters will be purchased to replace Sea King helicopters.
“The US Navy has allowed us to leverage three helicopters from their inventory of brand new aircraft that have never been introduced into the fleet – in order to provide them to the Indian Navy so they can begin training on a more accelerated basis than might normally be possible,” Tom Kane, Director, Sikorsky Naval Helicopter Programs told Livefist today.
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On the remaining 21 helicopters, Kane said, “We are now in production of these aircraft, and we’re excited to be able to deliver the first of these aircraft to the India customer in Spring 2021.”
The all three helicopters are fully built and marked for delivery to US Navy but now all the three helicopters with stipulated modification will transferred to Indian Navy from US Navy inventory. This news from US came after a continuous surge in tension between India & China over LAC.
“The Letter of Acceptance (LOA) signature that took place in February was between the governments of India and the United States. Upon that being finalized, there were then some administrative actions that needed to be accomplished first prior to the issuance of the contract from the U.S. Navy, which is what occurred on May 14,” Kane told Livefist earlier this month.
The MH-60 aircraft is expected fill the Indian Navy’s requirement gaps. The navy currently owns a few ageing Sea King and Kamov choppers.