Black Hawk eager to fly for India

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  1. SajeevJino

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    Black Hawk eager to fly for India



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    Manufacturers to give presentation to Defence Ministry on June 20​


    New Delhi, June 18
    Famous American gunship — Black Hawk — is ready for sale to India. However, it is not yet clear whether this legendary flying machine is being offered with stealth technology.

    Highly placed Defence Ministry sources told The Tribune that a special team of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, which manufactures Black Hawk, will give a detailed presentation on this helicopter in the Defence Ministry on June 20.

    This will be Black Hawk’s first presentation to India. It is not linked to any defence deal under consideration. “We just want to evaluate this machine as part of futuristic war scenario We will take a call on the stealth technology after the presentation,” sources said.

    Asked whether India would go for the stealth technology, the sources said, “Of course, but let us first see what actually is being offered during the presentation.”

    The Americans are offering latest UH-60M Black Hawk. Despite strong military ties with Pakistan, the US has not sold Black Hawks to Islamabad.

    After doing much in-house brain storming, the US Administration has permitted private sector Sikorsky to offer Black Hawk to India. Black Hawk is the world’s most expensive helicopter — primarily because of its highly classified state-of-art avionics, radars, weapons and fighting capability.

    The Americans some time ago offered Black Hawk’s naval version Seahawk to New Delhi. Seahawk is in the race for the Navy’s over $1 billion deal for 16 multi-role helicopters. The naval deal is at the final stage. Tenders are likely to be opened in near future. Seahawk’s rival is NH90 chopper produced by the NATO Helicopter Industries (NHI), a European consortium of firms from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland and Australia.

    For the June 20 Black Hawk presentation, besides top officials of the Defence Ministry associated with the procurement of weapons and equipment, senior officers of the Indian Air Force and the Army are also likely to be present.

    The Defence Ministry sources said that Black Hawk has generated interest in the IAF as well as the Army, which are ready to look at it for desert as well as high-altitude operations for theatres like Siachen glacier.

    Sikorsky helicopters are used by all five branches of the US armed forces, along with military services and commercial operators in many other countries. Black Hawk has become a legendary helicopter in America’s war history. It is playing an active role in Afghanistan and Pakistan in counter-terrorism operations.

    • Black Hawk is the world’s most expensive helicopter, primarily because of its highly classified state-of-art avionics, radars, weapons and fighting capability
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      [*] Manufacturers of Black Hawk, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, will give a detailed presentation in the Defence Ministry on June 20
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      [*]The US is offering latest UH-60M Black Hawk to India. Despite strong military ties with Pakistan, the US has not sold Black Hawks to Islamabad


    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News
     
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  3. Singh

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    Nice to see India getting top of the line offerings ! Black Hawk is an amazing amazing machine.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    If the US even gifted Black Hawks to Pakistan, it would be an albatross around the US' neck.

    The US would still have to pay for the maintenance since Pakistan could not afford the same, given their state of economy.
     
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    Only good if offered with Osama technology , oppps i mean stealth technology:sad::sad::p
     
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    Soon pak will have Chinese made White hawk :rofl::rofl::rofl:.They did allow chini engg to inspect the stealth wreckage.:sad::sad::sad:
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    That's very good, we are buying Apache Longbow and now if chosen Black Hawks, both are finest helicopters in the world!!
     
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    just because we have money, everyone is jumping to sell their product.
    Stealth helicopter crashed in its first operation, so lets wait and see, btw dont expect to get state of the art weapons from US. Plus normal weapons will come with lots of terms and conditions, along with perodical inspection.
     
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    This means that there will be commonality with the Israelis as the IDF is one of the biggest users of Black Hawk. India can gain a lot from the tactics developed by Israeli using this aircraft.
     
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    Defense needs the best even if it is from DODOs !!
     
  11. hit&run

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    Why BH is a great machine, I mean given the response of few posters. Looks quite simpler to my non- tech eyes.

    Thanks in Advance.
     
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    VH-60N White Hawk: USMC variant. Modified UH-60A with some features from the SH-60B/F Seahawks. Used for Presidential and VIP transport. It entered service in 1988 and nine were delivered

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    this i get remembered ........

    by the way how was Black Hawk shot in the movie?
    Rpg or Ak fire???
     
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    im following indo american engagement since the signing of 123 agreement and followed most of the defence deal between the the two nations. americans never offered India any cutting edge technology though they organized fancy presentations and financed trips to us but they never HANDED OVER any good tech to India or even any exchange took place it either suffered clearance problem or the no of equipments were reduced substantially. US just offer and show but they never hand over it to india may be because of India not signing critical agreements with USA or may be because of some other strategy or suspicion. whatever they offered something( something or the other in small no) it helped India build up its inventory and increasing reliance on US in future( not a good thing) but what they succeeded in is souring indo-russia ties.
     
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    rpg............
     

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