Photo: Kamov Ka-31 helicopter landing on the deck of a U.S. Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser

During the Cold War, such type of helicopter would have been shot down by a U.S. warship.

However, on Apr. 11, 2012, as the following picture shows, a Kamov Ka-31 helicopter belonging to the Indian Navy landed on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) during Malabar 2012, a regularly scheduled naval exercise conducted to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.


Image credit: U.S. Navy 

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