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1st MH-60R Squadron commissioned into Indian Navy.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by the Indian MoD on March 13, 2024, the Indian Navy formally commissioned its first squadron of MH-60R helicopters. The induction ceremony took place at INS Garuda, located in Kochi, under the Southern Naval Command's auspices.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Indian Navy's MH-60R helicopter. (Picture source: Indian MoD)

The MH-60R is a versatile, ship-based medium-lift helicopter crafted to supersede the roles of both the SH-60B and SH-60F helicopters. It is designed for deployment from a variety of naval vessels including cruisers, destroyers, frigates, littoral combat ships, and aircraft carriers.

This helicopter is equipped with a sophisticated suite of detection and targeting technologies, including dipping sonar, sonobuoy acoustic sensors, a multi-mode radar, electronic warfare sensors, and a forward-looking infrared sensor that comes with a laser designator. It also boasts an advanced mission data processing system for enhanced operational capabilities.

For armament, the MH-60R can be outfitted with MK 46 and MK 54 torpedoes, HELLFIRE air-to-ground missiles, rockets from the 2.75-inch family, and crew-served mounted machine guns, providing a comprehensive array of firepower options. The crew configuration typically includes two pilots and one sensor operator.

Its missions encompass Surface Warfare, Undersea Warfare, Area Surveillance, Combat Identification, and Naval Surface Fire Support, roles previously fulfilled by the SH-60B and SH-60F.

Additionally, the helicopter is capable of performing crucial support missions such as Search and Rescue at sea. When equipped with the necessary weaponry, it can also undertake maritime force protection duties.

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