The Navy of India has choosen the Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk as its future anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter. It started negotiations for the purchase of 16 S-70Bs and an option for 8 more on 5 December.
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 be of service in the Indian Navy’s non-combat maritime roles, including search and rescue, utility and external cargo lift, surveillance and casualty evacuation. The version of the Indian Navy is somewhat similar to the SH-60s operated by for exeample the US Navy.