The Indian Navy is set to witness a significant surge in its maritime prowess with the inauguration of its first squadron of MH-60R multi-role helicopters at Cochin on 4th March . Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will grace the occasion, marking a pivotal moment in India’s defense modernization journey.

These 24 state-of-the-art helicopters, acquired from the US in a government-to-government deal, represent a potent addition to the Indian Navy’s arsenal. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Romeo’ within the force, the MH-60R helicopters boast an impressive array of capabilities, including:

  • Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW): Equipped with advanced sensors and weapons, these helicopters can effectively hunt and neutralize enemy submarines, bolstering the Navy’s underwater vigilance.
  • Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW): Armed with Hellfire missiles and rockets, the MH-60Rs can engage surface threats like ships and boats, enhancing coastal defense and offensive capabilities.
  • Special Operations: Their maneuverability and precision firepower make them ideal platforms for covert operations and troop insertion/extraction, supporting critical maritime missions.
  • Search and Rescue (SAR): With ample space and advanced medical equipment, the MH-60Rs can perform life-saving rescues at sea, expanding the Navy’s humanitarian reach.

The induction of these versatile helicopters will significantly enhance the Indian Navy’s operational capabilities across a wide spectrum of missions. They will bolster India’s maritime defense posture, contribute to regional security, and empower the Navy to respond effectively to diverse threats.