US Navy hands over MH-60R multi role helicopters to India

US Navy hands over MH-60R multi role helicopters to India

United States Navy has handed over first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to Indian Navy, further strengthening the India-US defence relationship.Key Points
Indian Navy is procuring 24 of MH-60R helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
Helicopters are being procured under foreign military sales from US at an estimated cost of USD 2.4 billion.
Indian Cabinet had cleared purchase of these helicopters from USA in February 2020 before historic visit of then US President Donald Trump.
First batch of Indian crew is currently undergoing training in US.
These helicopters are considered as world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.
Significance of Procurement of MH-60R helicopter
Induction of MH-60R helicopters would enhance three-dimensional capabilities of Indian Army. Helicopters would be modified with several unique equipment and weapons. It will provide India with capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. India would also be able to perform secondary missions like vertical replenishment, search & rescue and communications relay. India will use enhanced capability as deterrent against regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence.

India-U.S. Defence Relations
India-U.S. Defence Relations has increased steadily since 2008. Defence trade has increased from U.S.$ 1 billion to U.S.$ 18 billion. United States is the second largest arms supplier to India, after Russia. India has procured- C-130 Hercules aircraft, P-8 Poseidon aircraft, C-17 Globemaster aircraft, AH-64 Apache helicopters, CH-47 Chinook helicopters and M777 Howitzer guns. USA also granted “unique Major Defence Partner (MDP)” designation to India in 2016 and Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status in 2018. India became 37th country globally and third Asian country (after South Korea and Japan) to acquire STA-1 status.

US Navy hands over MH-60R multi role helicopters

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