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India receives 2 of the 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters from US MH-60R
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India receives 2 of the 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters from US

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Jul 2021, 10:38 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Indian Navy has received two MH-60R multi-role helicopters from the US in a ceremony held at a naval air station in San Diego on Friday, officials said.

"The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the US," a spokesperson of the Indian Navy said.

The helicopters are manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation and are all weather helicopters laced with state of the art avionics and sensors.

These helicopters can be used in a variety of missions and would be modified  with several equipment and weapons suited for India's defence requirements.

India is buying 24 of these helicopters from the US government.

"The induction of these helicopters would further enhance the Indian Navy's three dimensional capabilities," the spokesperson said

"In order to exploit these potent helicopters, the first batch of Indian crew is presently undergoing training in the US," he said.