MRH Se­lec­tion Be­gins: In­dian Navy se­lects Siko­rsky’s S-70B Sea­hawk

Now that the MRH is a done deal un­der which the Siko­rsky S-70B Sea­hawk has been se­lected, ra­tio­nally the fo­cus there­fore must shift on to the sec­ond most cru­cial project, the naval multi-role he­li­copters for IN for 123 ma­chines to meet the pend­ing and gro

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With MRH a done deal with Siko­rsky S-70B Sea­hawk, the fo­cus now must shift to the most cru­cial project, the naval multi-role he­li­copters for 123 ma­chines.

THE IN­DIAN NAVY HAS se­lected Siko­rsky Air­craft Corp., a sub­sidiary of United Tech­nolo­gies Corp. to ful­fill the ser­vices multi-role he­li­copter re­quire­ment for an­ti­sub­ma­rine and anti-sur­face war­fare (ASW/ ASuW), among other mar­itime roles. Ne­go­ti­a­tions will now be­gin to pro­cure 16 S-70B Sea­hawk he­li­copters, with an op­tion for eight ad­di­tional air­craft, along with a com­plete lo­gis­tics support and train­ing pro­gramme.

In­dias se­lec­tion of the S-70B he­li­copter rep­re­sents a ma­jor strate­gic win for Siko­rsky in an im­por­tant growth mar­ket, and po­si­tions us well for fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties, said Mick Mau­rer, Pres­i­dent of Siko­rsky Air­craft. We look for­ward to a long-term col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­dian Gov­ern­ment and lo­cal in­dus­try as we work to bring the In­dian Navy the highly ad­vanced multi-role S-70B air­craft.

The pro­posed In­dian Navy S-70B vari­ant will in­clude avion­ics and flex­i­ble open ar­chi­tec­ture Weapons Man­age­ment Sys­tems that in­te­grate ad­vanced sonar, 360 de­gree search radar, mod­ern air-to-sur­face mis­siles, and tor­pe­does for the ASW role. A blade and tail fold ca­pa­bil­ity will fa­cil­i­tate ship­board stor­age. The S-70B air­craft will also en­hance the In­dian Navys ca­pa­bil­i­ties to per­form non­com­bat mar­itime roles, in­clud­ing search and res­cue, util­ity and ex­ter­nal cargo lift, surveil­lance and ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion.

Siko­rsky has fielded in­creas­ingly more ca­pa­ble vari­ants of the S-70B he­li­copter since 1984 for navies that pre­fer to ac­quire a mod­ern, fully in­te­grated ASW/ASuW plat­form di­rect from the man­u­fac­turer. Now op­er­a­tional in six coun­tries (in Europe, Mid­dle East, Asia and Latin Amer­ica), the S-70B plat­form has a solid rep­u­ta­tion for highly re­li­able ship­board op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance while op­er­at­ing aboard frigates and larger naval ves­sels. The S-70B air- craft is part of Siko­rskys Sea­hawk he­li­copter fam­ily (in­clud­ing the SH-60 and MH-60 mod­els) that has ac­cu­mu­lated almost four mil­lion flight hours from more than 800 op­er­a­tional air­craft, and is con­sid­ered one of the safest plat­forms avail­able.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: US Navy

Siko­rsky S-70B Sea­hawk

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