Indian Navy accepts first batch of two MH-60r Multi Role Helicopters
New Delhi, July 17, 2021
The Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from the US Navy in a ceremony held at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, in the United States on Friday.
The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from the US Navy to the Indian Navy, which were accepted by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador in Washington.
The ceremony also witnessed 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.
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.
A total of 24 of these helicopters are being procured by India under Foreign Military Sales from the US Government. The helicopters would also be modified with several India Unique Equipment and weapons, an official press release said.
"The induction of these MRH would further enhance Indian Navy’s three dimensional capabilities. In order to exploit these potent helicopters, the first batch of Indian crew is presently undergoing training in USA," the release added.