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Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk

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


Helicopter HH-60


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