In a significant boost to its maritime capabilities, the Indian Navy has received the final MH-60R “Romeo” multi-role helicopter from US defense giant Lockheed Martin. The announcement, made on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday, also confirms the completion of all deliveries by 2025.
This latest addition marks the culmination of a crucial deal signed in 2020 for 24 MH-60Rs, acquired at a cost of $2.6 billion (approximately ₹216,419 crore). Equipped with India-specific modifications and weapons like Hellfire missiles and Mark 54 torpedoes, these versatile choppers are set to significantly enhance the Navy’s operational muscle.
Beyond their primary role in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), the “Romeos” boast impressive capabilities for maritime surveillance, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations, and search-and-rescue missions. Their deployment is planned for the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, following successful landings earlier this year on the newly commissioned INS Vikrant and the destroyer INS Kolkata.
The arrival of the final “Romeo” marks a pivotal moment in strengthening India’s maritime defense. With these powerful and versatile helicopters, the Navy is now better equipped to safeguard its vast coastline and ensure regional stability in the Indian Ocean.