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India’s Navy adds 16 S-70B Seahawk helicopters

Dec. 9, 2014, Stratford, Conn. - India’s Navy has selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp to fulfill the service’s Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW), among other maritime roles.


December 9, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

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 program.
 
“India’s 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
an 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 Navy’s
capabilities to perform non-combat 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.


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