India orders 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters during Donald Trump's visit to New Delhi

There are thematic days, and today, the predominant theme is the helicopter. Indeed, during his official visit to India, US President Donald Trump signed for a modest sum of $ 3 billion in military orders, including the acquisition 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters for the Indian Navy. This order, eagerly awaited on the subcontinent, will significantly strengthen the anti-submarine and anti-ship capabilities of Indian vessels.

The United States is very present on Indian defense tenders. Whether P8 Poseidon, Apache helicopters, anti-aircraft missiles or fighters for the Indian navy and air force, American firms position themselves on almost all of New's requests Delhi, both to try to gain market share from the world's leading importer of defense equipment, and to try to weaken, without much success, the link between India and Russia on defense technology issues. Above all, Washington considers India as a strategic ally to contain Chinese expansionism in Asia, both because of its potential economic growth and because of its demography and its central position in the Indo-Pacific theater.

One of the main missions is anti-submarine warfare, using in particular the diving sonar AN / AQS-22

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