Indian Navy to commission MH 60R ‘Seahawk’ helicopter at INS Garuda in Kochi on March 6

The Indian Navy will commission the newly inducted MH 60R Seahawk multi-role helicopter at INS Garuda in Kochi on Wednesday, March 6.

The Seahawks’ squadron will be commissioned into the navy as INAS 334.

“The helicopter is designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and vertical replenishment (VERTREP),” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said that the helicopter, a maritime variant of the Blackhawk helicopter, has been “rigorously tested” in Indian Reference Atmosphere (IRA) conditions and is fully integrated into the Fleet.

“The advanced weapons, sensors and avionics suite make the Seahawks ideal for the Indian Navy’s maritime security needs, offering enhanced capabilities for both conventional as well as asymmetric threats,” it said.

“The Indian Navy is set to witness a significant surge in its maritime prowess with the induction of the Seahawks,” the ministry said.

The MH 60R helicopter will enhance the country’s “blue-water capabilities” and extend the operational reach of the Navy.

It would also support “sustained naval operations across spectrums and over vast maritime domains”, the ministry said.

The Seahawk’s deployment in the Indian Ocean Region will strengthen the Navy’s maritime presence, dissuade threats and ensure a safe and secure environment in the region.

Published By:

Ashutosh Acharya

Published On:

Mar 3, 2024

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