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DAC approves procurement of 24 multi role helicopters for Indian Navy

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of 24 anti-submarine capable multi role helicopters to enhance the capability of Indian Navy at sea.

DAC approves procurement of 24 multi role helicopters
  • This approval will allow Government to sign contract with US based aviation giant Lockheed Martin for purchasing 24 MH-60R helicopters for Indian Navy.
  • This contract will be a direct government-to-government (G2G) deal with United States worth approximately $1.8 billion.
  • MH-60R helicopters (or Seahawk multi-mission helicopters) are anti-submarine helicopters.
  • Buying them will replace British-built Sea King helicopters, many of which are more than three-decades-old.

Interesting to know:

  • Multi role helicopters are an integral part of frontline warships like aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates and corvettes.
  • Availability of MRH with Indian Navy will help to plug existing capability gap.
  • For years, Indian Navy has argued that its warships lack any modern anti-submarine helicopters with existing Sea King fleet now being obsolete.
  • At present less than 10 Sea King helicopters are operational and their absence has forced Indian Navy to sail its warships without the support of these helicopters.
  • Frontline destroyers of Indian Navy have hangars which can house two helicopters of this class but are frequently put to sea without any integral helicopter support.

Questions:

Q1. What is the name of 24 anti-submarine capable multi role helicopters that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved to procure to enhance the capability of Indian Navy at sea?
a. MM-60R
b. MH-60R
c. MI-60R
d. None of the above

Q2. This contract will be a direct government-to-government (G2G) deal with which country?
a. United States
b. England
c. Germany
d. Sweden
DAC approves procurement of 24 multi role helicopters for Indian Navy DAC approves procurement of 24 multi role helicopters for Indian Navy Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on August 27, 2018 Rating: 5

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