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Boost for Navy as delivery of MH-60R Seahawk multi-role helicopters begins

The helicopters, which are the first of 24 Seahawks contracted last year by the Indian Navy for $2.12 billion, were formally accepted by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India's ambassador to the US

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Two MH-60R Seahawks, participate in a formation flyover during a ceremony in which Indian Navy inducted its first two MH-60Rs from US Navy at Naval Air Station North Island on Friday, July 16. (Photo: U.S. Navy Photo by MC2(SW/AW) Sara Eshleman)

Ajai Shukla
The Indian Navy was handed over its first two MH-60R Seahawk multi-role helicopters (MRHs) in a ceremony held at San Diego, the US, on Friday.

The helicopters, which are the first of 24 Seahawks contracted last year by the Indian Navy for $2.12 billion, were formally accepted by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the US. Another four Seahawks are expected to be delivered this year by Sikorsky Helicopters, which is a part of the world’s largest defence firm, Lockheed Martin.

These MRH’s will operate off naval warship decks to perform a range of combat missions. These include anti-submarine warfare

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First Published: Jul 17 2021 | 2:01 PM IST

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