posted by Jiri Wagner
SH-60 Sea Hawk is a twin-engine, medium lift, utility or assault helicopter.
The Seahawk used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug interdiction, anti-ship warfare, cargo lift, and special operations. The Navy's SH-60B Seahawk is an airborne platform based aboard cruisers, destroyers, and frigates and deploys sonobouys (sonic detectors) and torpedoes in an anti-submarine role. They also extend the range of the ship's radar capabilities. The Navy's SH-60F is carrier-based. Some versions, such as the Air Force's MH-60 G Pave Hawk and the Coast Guard's HH-60J Jayhawk, are equipped with a rescue hoist with a 250 foot (75 meter) cable that has a 600 pound (270 kg) lift capability, and a retractable in-flight refueling probe. The Army's UH-60L Black Hawk can carry 11 soldiers or 2,600 pounds (1,170 kg) of cargo or sling load 9,000 pounds (4,050 kg) of cargo.
The UH-60 Black Hawk was fielded by the Army in 1979. The Navy received the SH- 60B Seahawk in 1983 and the SH-60F in 1988. The Air Force received the MH-60G Pave Hawk in 1982 while the Coast Guard received the HH-60J Jayhawk in 1992. The unit cost varies with the version. For example, the unit cost of the Army's UH-60L Black Hawk is $5.9 million while the unit cost of the Air Force MH-60G Pave Hawk is $10.2 million.
General characteristics (SH-60B)
|Primary function||Varies with the particular military service|
|Contractors||Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (airframe); General Electric Company (engines); IBM Corporation (avionics components)|
|Power plant||Two General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines|
|Thrust||2x 1690 HP||2x 1260 kW|
|Length with rotor spread||64 ft 10 in||19,76 m|
|Height||17 ft||5,18 m|
|Rotor diameter||53 ft 8 in||16,36 m|
|Weight||empty||13 650 lb||6191 kg)|
|max. takeoff||21 883 lb||9926 kg|
|Max. speed||145 mph||233 km/h|
|Initial climb rate||11.5 ft/s||3,5 m/s|
|Range||437 miles||704 km|
|Operation radius (3 hours)||57.5 miles||92,5 km|
|Armament||None; possible twoMk 46 or Mk 50 Barracuda torpedoes or AGM-119 Penguin missiles|
|Crew||Usually three or four|
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