The Indian Navy has obtained the very first two of its 24 multi-role helicopters from the United States Navy, the protection ministry stated on Saturday.
A declaration issued by the ministry stated the navy obtained MH-60R helicopters in an event held at the United States Naval Air Base North Island in San Diego on Friday.
” MH-60R helicopters produced by Lockheed Martin Firm, UNITED STATES is an all-weather helicopter developed to support numerous goals with cutting-edge avionics/sensors,” the declaration stated, adding that “induction of these MRH would certainly better improve the Indian Navy’s three dimensional abilities”.
The Indian Navy is getting 24 of these helicopters from the United States federal government through foreign military sales. “The helicopters would likewise be changed with several India Distinct Devices and weapons,” it said.
The first set of Indian workers is presently receiving training in the United States “to manipulate these powerful helicopters,” the ministry stated.
These helicopters are a substitute for the Sea King 42/ 42A helicopters, which were deactivated in the 1990s, as well as are “imagined to operate from frontline ships and also warship, offering them the essential characteristics of the flexibility of operation, boosted monitoring, and attacking capability,” the Indian Navy had said in an earlier press release.
” The delivery of the helicopters … comes with a time when the Indian Sea Area is experiencing raising safety and security risks due to the expansion of submarines,” the navy said.
” The helicopters can be effectively utilized for offending and also protective roles including Anti-Submarine War, Anti-Ship Strike, Reduced Strength Maritime Operations, Search and also Rescue, over the perspective Network Centric Operations and also Electronic War.”
The declaration claimed the purchase of MH-60R has given the “Indian Navy with a key ability and properly contributes to the make in India effort”.