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MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Multi-Mission Helicopter

MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Multi-Mission Helicopter:


The Indian Navy recently achieved a unique feat after an MH-60 ‘Romeo’ multi-mission helicopter landed on the indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

  • MH-60 Romeo Helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and is the most capable naval helicopter available today designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.
  • It is manufactured by US defence major Lockheed Martin.
  • It is an all-weather helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state-of-the-art avionics and sensors.
  • Main missions of the MH-60R Seahawk are Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW).
  • This helicopter can detect and track submarines and surface ships and attack with torpedoes and missiles.
  • Secondary missions are search and rescue, combat search and rescue, vertical replenishment, medical evacuation and insertion and extraction of special forces.
  • This helicopter is operated by a crew of 4 in anti-submarine warfare role and crew of 5 in anti-surface warfare role. It can also accommodate additional passengers.
  • It carries advanced airborne active sonar, multi-mode search radar and nose-mounted forward-looking infrared (FLIR) turret.