posted by Jiri Wagner
H-3H Sea King is a multi-purpose helicopter.
The H-3H is a twin engine, all-weather helicopter. The SH-3H is used to detect, classify, track and destroy enemy submarines. It also provides logistic support and search and rescue capability. The UH-3H and VH-3 are configured for combat support roles
The first version of this workhorse helicopter was flown more than 20 years ago. The Sea King is being replaced by SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopters as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. The transition will last into the late 1990s. The Sea King then be converted to a search and rescue helicopter.
|Functions by assignment||VH-3A (HC-2)||helo combat support|
|UH-3H (HC-85/PMRF/VC-8)||utility and torpedo recovery|
|SH-3H (HS-75)||carrier-based anti-submarine warfare|
|UH-3H (HC-2/Naval Air Stations)||search and rescue|
|Contractor||Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Technologie, Stratford, Conn.|
|Power plant||Two General Electric T58-GE-10 turboshaft engines|
|Length||73 ft||22.25 m|
|Fuselage length||54 ft 9 in||16.7 m|
|Height||17 ft||5.18 m|
|Weight||empty||11,865 lb||5,382 kg|
|max. takeoff||21,000 lb||9,525 kg|
|Range||624 miles||1,004 km|
|Celing||14,700 ft||4,480 m|
|Cruising speed||138 mph||222 km/h|
|Armament||Two Mk-46 torpedoes|
|Date deployed||First flight, March 1959; Operational, June 1961|
|Unit cost||$6.4 million|
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Last updated 13.11.2012