The Indian Navy is to begin trials for a new Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter.
Speaking to StratPost, Lockheed Martin’s Sean Hanrahan, pitched for the MH60 R and said a down select was likely within a month and field trials could conceivably take place by June.
He also said the trials were likely to take place off the coast of Florida or California in the US to imitate the tropical weather and sea conditions of the Indian Ocean as closely as possible.
Hanrahan said the aircraft has been deployed extensively in the aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates of the US Navy and has ‘hundreds of thousands of hours’ of flight time.
The MH60 R is in the fray to replace the Indian Navy’s Sea King helicopters, with the navy looking for 16 new helicopters.