The Indian Navy is procuring 24 of these helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales from the US government at an estimated cost of USD2.4 billion
Washington, July 17
In yet another sign of strengthening India-US defence relationship, the US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy to bolster its capabilities to ward off regional threats and to strengthen homeland defence.
The Indian Navy is procuring 24 of these helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales from the US government at an estimated cost of USD2.4 billion.
A ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station North Island or NAS North Island, San Diego, on Friday that marked the formal transfer of the helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy. It was attended by India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
Sandhu said the induction of the all-weather multi-role helicopters is an important milestone in India-US bilateral defence ties.
“India US friendship Touching the Skies!” he said in a tweet. He noted that the bilateral defence trade has expanded to over 20 billion dollars in the last couple of years.
Going beyond defence trade, India and the US are also working together on co-production and co-development of defence platforms, he said.
The MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather maritime helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state-of-the-art avionics.
The first batch of the Indian crew is currently undergoing training in the US.
India will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence. India will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces, it had said in a communication to the Congress in April 2019.