The Pentagon has said that the MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter and P8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft will enhance the partnership between India and the US Navy.
MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters flying in the skies
India is going to get two MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters and the 10th P8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft from the US Navy, which will facilitate cooperation between the two countries. and strengthen the mutual partnership between their navies. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, said this.
The Indian Navy is procuring 24 MH-60R helicopters capable of performing multiple roles manufactured by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales with the US, which is worth about $ 2.4 billion. A ceremony was held on Friday at Naval Air Station North Island or NAS North Island, San Diego for the formal transfer of helicopters from the US Navy to the Indian Navy.
India first country to operate from P8 for surveillance outside US
“The Ministry (Ministry of Defense) would like to congratulate our partners in the Indian Navy, who last week delivered one of the 24 MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters from the US Navy,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said at a press conference on Monday. Received the first two and our 10th Boeing, P8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft in Goa, India. He said, ‘India is the first country that will operate from the P8 for surveillance missions in the Indo-Pacific outside the US. These capabilities will significantly enhance maritime security and strengthen cooperation and mutual relations between our two navies.
Weapons can be equipped in helicopters
The MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather maritime helicopter that has been designed with state-of-the-art technology to support multiple missions. Helicopters will also be equipped with many specialized equipment and weapons. The first batch of Indian crew is currently undergoing training in the US.
William Blair, Vice President and Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, said in a statement, “The MH-60R is the most operationally advanced maritime multi-mission helicopter, it is serving globally and its performance is second to none. Used to be. We appreciate the faith shown by the Indian Navy in Team Seahawks through the selection of Romeo.
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