The Legendary Black Hawks Offered To India

An advance stealth ver­sion of the leg­endary Amer­i­can gun­ship ‘Black Hawk’ is being offered to India.

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A spe­cial team of the Siko­rsky Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion that man­u­fac­tures Black Hawks for the Unit­ed States is on it’s way to New Del­hi to give a detailed pre­sen­ta­tion on this heli­copter to the Defence Min­istry on June 20.

This will be Black Hawk’s first pre­sen­ta­tion to India which might just turn up to be one of it’s largest cus­tomer after the Unit­ed States. The pre­sen­ta­tion is not linked to any defence deal which are cur­rent­ly under con­sid­er­a­tion. The MoD will eval­u­ate this machine as part of the futur­is­tic war sce­nario and will take a call on the stealth tech­nol­o­gy after the pre­sen­ta­tion.

India will obvi­ous­ly go for stealth tech­nol­o­gy and will not com­pro­mise on qual­i­ty.

The Amer­i­cans are offer­ing the lat­est UH-60M Black Hawks to India despite hav­ing strong mil­i­tary ties with Pak­istan. The US is not will­ing to sell these advance heli­copter to Islam­abad.

After much lob­by­ing in the cor­ri­dors of pow­er in Capi­tol Hill, the US Admin­is­tra­tion has per­mit­ted pri­vate sec­tor Siko­rsky to offer Black Hawks to India. The Black Hawk is the world’s most expen­sive heli­copter because of it’s high­ly clas­si­fied state-of-the-art avion­ics, radars, weapons and fight­ing capa­bil­i­ty.

The Amer­i­cans have in the past offered Black Hawk’s naval vari­ant, the Sea­hawk to New Del­hi. The Sea­hawk is cur­rent­ly in the race for the Navy’s over $1 bil­lion deal for 16 mul­ti-role heli­copters. The naval deal is almost at the final stage. The only rival to the Sea­hawk is the NH90 chop­per pro­duced by the NATO Heli­copter Indus­tries (NHI), a Euro­pean con­sor­tium of firms from France, Ger­many, Italy, Spain, Fin­land and Aus­tralia.

The Black Hawk offer has def­i­nite­ly gen­er­at­ed inter­est in the IAF as well as the Army, which are keen to look at it for desert as well as high-alti­tude oper­a­tions for the­aters like the Siachen glac­i­er.

Black Hawk become a leg­endary heli­copter in America’s war his­to­ry. It is also play­ing an active role in Afghanistan and Pak­istan in counter-ter­ror­ism oper­a­tions.

On the 1st May of 2011, the oper­a­tion that killed Osama Bin Laden, it emerged that the 160th Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment, which oper­at­ed the heli­copters dur­ing the raid, used a high­ly mod­i­fied ver­sion of the UH-60 Black­hawk. Fea­tures appar­ent­ly include a mod­i­fied tail sec­tion with extra blades on the tail rotor and oth­er addi­tions which sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­ered noise lev­els from that of con­ven­tion­al UH-60s.

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