India’s Navy adds 16 S-70B Seahawk helicopters
December 9, 2014 By Carey Fredericks
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.
16 S-70B SEAHAWK helicopters, with an option for eight additional
aircraft, along with a complete logistics support and training program.
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
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.