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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

Ajai Shukla
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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)

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 (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP) and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC). The Seahawk is also designed to fly in Special Forces teams into enemy territory for commando missions.
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First Published: Jul 17 2021 | 2:01 PM IST

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