War Hysteria: Indian Army to ink deal worth billions of dollars for Military Helicopters from US
*New Delhi:* War Hysteric Indian Army to ink deal worth billions of dollars for Military Helicopters from US.
India is set to sign a $2.6-billion deal with the US to procure 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters on the sidelines of the bilateral ‘2+2 dialogue’. It will also seek a waiver from the Trump administration under CAATSA for its S-400 missile systems deal with Russia, ThePrint has learnt.
The 2+2 format talks link will be held in Washington DC on 18 December between Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with their respective US counterparts Mike Pompeo and Mark T. Esper.
Sources told ThePrint India is now geared up to sign the chopper deal for the Indian Navy under which it will buy 24 units of US defence major Lockheed Martin’s anti-submarine MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters. Negotiations in the deal have been on for almost a decade now.
The purchase of these choppers — capable link of hunting submarines, hitting at enemy ships and also conducting search and rescue operations at sea — is expected to boost the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare operations.
Singh will sign the deal on the sidelines of the 2+2 talks, which will be his first visit to Washington as India’s defence minister.
The chopper sale was approved link by the Trump administration in April when it notified the deal to the US Congress. However, both sides were waiting for the finalisation of the 2+2 dates to sign the deal.