Indian Navy to Commission MH 60R Seahawk Helicopter, Boosting Maritime Prowess

On March 6, at INS Garuda in Kochi, Kerala, the Indian Navy is set to commission the MH 60R Seahawk, a multi-role helicopter marking a significant milestone in India’s defense modernization journey. The Seahawks squadron will be designated as INAS 334, and their induction is part of a 24-aircraft Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract signed with the US government in February 2020.

The MH 60R Seahawk is designed for various naval operations, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Rigorously tested in Indian Reference Atmosphere (IRA) conditions, the helicopter is fully integrated into the fleet, equipped with advanced weapons, sensors, and avionics, making it well-suited for both conventional and asymmetric threats.

With the induction of the Seahawks, the Indian Navy anticipates a substantial enhancement of its maritime capabilities, extending operational reach and supporting sustained naval operations across diverse maritime domains. The deployment of MH 60R helicopters in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is expected to strengthen maritime presence, dissuade potential threats, and contribute to a secure and safe environment in this strategically crucial region.

The commissioning of the Seahawks aligns with the Navy’s commitment to fortifying maritime security, reflecting the Government of India’s visionary goal of ensuring security and growth for all in the region.

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