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US Navy hands over MH-60R helicopters to India

In one more signal of strengthening the India-US defence relationship, the US Navy has handed over the primary two MH-60R Multi Function Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy is procuring 24 of those helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin underneath international army gross sales from the US authorities at an estimated value of USD 2.four billion.

A ceremony was held on the Naval Air Station North Island or NAS North Island, San Diego on Friday that marked the formal switch of the helicopters from the US Navy to the Indian Navy. It was attended by India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

The ceremony additionally witnessed an alternate of paperwork between Vice Adm Kenneth Whitesell, Commander Naval Air Forces, US Navy and Vice Adm Ravneet Singh, DCNS. The senior management of the US Navy and Lockheed Martin Company had been additionally current. Sandhu mentioned the induction of the all-weather multi-role helicopters is a vital milestone in India-US bilateral defence ties.

“India US friendship Touching the Skies!” he mentioned in a tweet. He famous that the bilateral defence commerce has expanded to over 20 billion {dollars} within the final couple of years.

Going past defence commerce, India and the US are additionally working collectively on co-production and co-development of defence platforms, he mentioned.

Sandhu additionally highlighted reform measures which have been undertaken by India within the defence sector in current instances which have opened up new alternatives for international traders.

The MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather helicopter designed to assist a number of missions with state-of-the-art avionics.

The induction of those MRH would improve the Indian Navy’s three-dimensional capabilities. The helicopters can be modified with a number of distinctive tools and weapons.

The primary batch of the Indian crew is presently present process coaching within the US. In accordance with the Division of Protection, the proposed sale will present India with the aptitude to carry out anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions together with the power to carry out secondary missions together with vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.

India will use the improved functionality as a deterrent to regional threats and strengthen its homeland defence. India can have no issue absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces, it had mentioned in a communication to the Congress in April 2019.

The Indian cupboard had cleared the acquisition of the helicopters in February 2020, weeks earlier than the historic go to of the then US President Donald Trump.

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