Indian Navy inducts first two MH-60R multi-role helicopters

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File photo of MH-60R multi role helicopters (MRH)

New Delhi: Indian Navy has inducted the first two of 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters (MRH) that were procured under foreign military sales from the US Government.

The induction of these MRH would further enhance the Indian Navy’s three-dimensional capabilities, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement today.

The ceremony held at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego yesterday had marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from the US Navy to the Indian Navy.

These helicopters were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to USA, the Ministry said.

“MH-60R helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA is an all-weather helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state of the art avionics/sensors,” it said.

”24 of these helicopters are being procured under Foreign Military Sales from the US Government,” the Ministry said.

The helicopters would also be modified with several India Unique Equipment and weapons, the statement added.

The ceremony also witnessed the exchange of helicopter documents between Vice Adm Kenneth Whitesell, Commander Naval Air Forces, US Navy and Vice Adm Ravneet Singh, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (DCNS), Indian Navy.

In order to exploit these potent helicopters, the first batch of Indian crew is presently undergoing training in USA.