Gov­ern­ment Nod for 24 MRH for Navy

In­dian Navy is look­ing for the re­place­ment of its legacy ship­borne chop­pers for mod­ern he­li­copters which can ex­e­cute anti-sub­ma­rine, anti-sur­face war­fare, elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence, troop move­ment, spe­cial op­er­a­tions and com­mando roles.

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In­dian Navy is look­ing for the re­place­ment of its legacy ship­borne chop­pers for mod­ern he­li­copters which can ex­e­cute anti-sub­ma­rine, anti-sur­face war­fare, elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence, troop move­ment, spe­cial op­er­a­tions and com­mando roles.

Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava

IN A BID TO strengthen the de­plet­ing anti-sub­ma­rine ca­pa­bil­ity of In­dian Navy, De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion coun­cil (DAc), apex pro­cure­ment body of the Min­istry of De­fence, on Au­gust 25, ap­proved pro­cure­ment of 24 multi-role he­li­copters (MRh). Re­port­edly, the deal is for Siko­rsky’s Mh-60 Romeo for around $2 bil­lion.

“To en­hance the ca­pa­bil­ity of Navy at sea, ap­proval has also been granted for pro­cure­ment of anti-sub­ma­rine ca­pa­ble, 24 in num­ber multi-role he­li­copters, which are an in­te­gral part of the front­line war­ships like the air­craft car­ri­ers, de­stroy­ers, frigates and corvettes. Avail­abil­ity of MRh with the Navy would plug the ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­ity gap,” Min­istry said in a state­ment.

In last Au­gust, In­dia sent out Re­quest for In­for­ma­tion (RFI) for 123 Naval MRh.

In­dian Navy is look­ing for the re­place­ment of its legacy ship­borne chop­pers for mod­ern he­li­copters which can ex­e­cute an­ti­sub­ma­rine, anti-sur­face war­fare, elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence, troop move­ment, spe­cial op­er­a­tions and com­mando roles. In last Au­gust, In­dia sent out RFI for 123 Naval MRh. In­dia is cur­rently op­er­at­ing Sea King in anti-sub­ma­rine roles. The first RFI in this re­gard was sent out in 2011 which was later can­celled. cur­rently, In­dia is us­ing 23 Sea King for this role.

Putting across its re­quire­ment for the MRh, Navy in its RFI said that it “in­tends to pro­cure ap­prox­i­mately 123 Naval Multi Role he­li­copters (NMRh) along-with spare en­gines, three flight sim­u­la­tors, one main­te­nance sim­u­la­tor, and in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing ToT, 10 year Per­for­mance Based Lo­gis­tics, as­so­ci­ated shore sup­port, En­gi­neer­ing Sup­port Pack­age (ESP), train­ing, doc­u­men­ta­tion and spares pack­age along with con­tem­po­rary state of the art equip­ment, weapons and sen­sors un­der Strate­gic Part­ner­ship.”

“The indige­nous man­u­fac­tured por­tion of the pro­cure­ment is to be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia based on de­sign to be pro­vided by the for­eign OEM to the se­lected Strate­gic Part­ner,” it added. The Re­quest for Pro­posal (RFP) is ex­pected some­time this year.

Navy will pro­cure it in two vari­ants viz NMRh (Multi-Role) for anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW), anti-sur­face war­fare (ASuW), elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence (ELINT), search and res- cue, ex­ter­nal cargo car­ry­ing (min 2,500 kg) and limited ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion; and NMRh (Spe­cial Ops) for Spe­cial Ops and com­mando Role, troop car­riage, mar­itime in­ter­dic­tion in­clud­ing anti-piracy op­er­a­tions, com­bat search and res­cue (cSAR), ex­ter­nal cargo car­riage (min 2,500 kg), limited ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion (cASEVAc), hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and disas­ter re­lief (hADR) and lo­gis­tics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion du­ties.

“The he­li­copter should be twin-en­gine; hav­ing wheeled land­ing gear, dual fly­ing con­trols (two pilot seats) and blade fold ca­pa­bil­ity with weight less than 12.5 tonnes. The he­li­copter should be ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing from ships and ashore. To­wards mar­itime sur­veil­lance and tar­get­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, sen­sors and weapons to meet the en­vis­aged role would be re­quired to be in­te­grated with the he­li­copters,” the RFI said.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany brochure, Mh-60R is “the most mod­ern mem­bers of the SEA­hAWK fam­ily, the Mh-60R and Mh-60S he­li­copters bring pow­er­ful new ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the US fleet with dig­i­tal cock­pits and mis­sion-adap­tive sys­tems. The SEA­hAWK he­li­copter fam­ily has more than three mil­lion flight hours with more than 600 SEA­hAWK he­li­copters in ser­vice world­wide. Siko­rsky he­li­copters, with more than 60 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in per­form­ing mar­itime mis­sions, has con­tin­u­ously im­proved sur­viv­abil­ity and safety.”

With over 50,000 op­er­a­tional flight hours achieved, Mh-60R is con­sid­ered as the one of the most ca­pa­ble and ma­ture anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) anti-sur­face war­fare (ASuW) multi-mis­sion he­li­copter avail­able in the world to­day. Over 100 of th­ese he­los are op­er­a­tional with US Navy. The net cen­tric war­fare ca­pa­ble chop­per can also launch eight hELL­FIRE® mis­siles from right and left ex­tended py­lons.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: US Depart­ment of De­fense

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