US handed over 2 MH-60R helicopters to Indian Navy, India’s strength will increase in sea

The US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy. The Indian Navy is procuring 24 helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin from the US government under foreign military sales at an estimated cost of USD 2.4 billion.

A ceremony was held at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego on Friday to mark the formal transfer of helicopters from the US Navy to the Indian Navy. Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu participated in this ceremony.

In this ceremony, the process of documents was completed between Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, Commander Naval Air Forces, US Navy and Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. Senior leadership of the US Navy and Lockheed Martin Corporation were also present at the event.

Multi role helicopters are effective in all weather

The Indian envoy said that the induction of all-weather multi-role helicopters is an important milestone in the bilateral defense relationship between India and the US. Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that India-US friendship is touching the sky.

In the last few years, bilateral defense trade has grown to over $20 billion, he said. He said that moving beyond the defense trade, India and the US are also working together on co-production and co-development of defense platforms.

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