Washington: The United States said on Tuesday announced it had approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of 2.4 billion US dollars.
In its notification, the State Department told the Congress that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner,” the State Department said.
“India will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense,” it added.
Nicknamed the Romeo, the MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters can detect, track and attack submarines and surface ships. The multi-mission helicopters are considered as the world’s most advanced maritime choppers.
Lockheed Martin’s Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems will be the lead contractor on the deal.