Indian Navy’s 14-year-long wait for Romeo helicopters finally ends
India & US have signed two defence deals worth $3 billion under which New Delhi will procure 24 Romeo helicopters and 6 Apache helicopters
PSU Watch - February 25, 2020
New Delhi: Amidst the defence deals worth $3 billion inked by India and US on Tuesday is a deal that the Indian Navy has been waiting to sign for the last 14 years — for Romeo helicopters, or MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters. Under the agreement signed on the second day of US President Donald Trump’s visit, India will procure 24 Romeo helicopters from the US at a cost of $2.6 billion. Another contract pertains to the acquisition of six AH-64E Apache helicopters for $800 million from the US. The news was shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in a joint statement. “Earlier today, we expanded our defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase more than US$3 billion of advanced American military equipment, including Apache & MH-60 Romeo Helicopters — the finest in the world. These will enhance our joint defence capabilities,” Trump said. In his remarks, Modi said that the defence cooperation between India and US is reflective of the rising strategic partnership between the two nations.