MH-60 Romeo Helicopter

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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.

About MH-60 Romeo Helicopter:

  • It 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.
  • Features:
    • 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.
    • The helicopter has an integrated self-defense system.
    • Maximum Speed: 267 km/h
    • Range: 454 km


Q1) What is INS Vikrant?

INS Vikrant is the first indigenous and largest ship made by India, which includes indigenous designs and aircraft carriers for the Indian Navy.It has a large amount of indigenous equipment and machinery, involving major industrial houses in the country as well as over 100 MSMEs.

Source: Indian Navy's anti-submarine MH-60R helicopter makes maiden landing on INS Vikrant | Watch