BattleHawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2009
Maiden Flight: 9 September 2008
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: ABH
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Elbit Systems, NEXTER, Rafael and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: H-60 Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 4,766
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: A2C2S, Advanced UH-60J, HH-60G Pave Hawk, HH-60H, HH-60M BlackHawk, HH-60W, MH-60M BlackHawk, MH-60R Strikehawk, MH-60S Knighthawk, S-70i International Black Hawk, SH-60B Seahawk, SH-60F Ocean Hawk, UH-60A Blackhawk, UH-60L Blackhawk, UH-60M BlackHawk, UH-60Q Medevac and UH-60V Blackhawk
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Description: The UH-60 utility tactical transport helicopters provide air assault, general support, medial evacuation, command and control, electronic warfare, and special operations support for the US Army and allied nations. They feature lightweight armor to counter small arms fire, as well as hardened and redundant sub-systems design for improved survivability. The UH-60 airframe has been designed to progressively crush on impact, protecting the crew and the passengers. The UH-60 helicopters provide improved mobility to ground forces, due to dramatic improvements in troop capacity and cargo lift capability compared to previous utility helicopters. UH-60s also enable rapid deployment of infantry troops throughout the battlefield. Up to 11 combat ready troops and a crew of 4 can be accommodated inside a UH-60 helicopter.

The UH-60 helicopter can accommodate external fuel tanks to achieve extended range, small caliber guns typically for self-defense, and even Hellfire anti-tank missiles, as well as other equipment. They can operate in almost any weather conditions even carrying a 105mm howitzer, its crew of 6-man, and up to 30 rounds of ammunition in just a single lift. It has been exported under the S-70 designation and more than 2,660 units have been produced to date. The US Army is the largest UH-60 operator with an estimated procurement of 1,725 UH-60A/L helicopters and more than 4,600 aircraft produced for domestic and foreign operators. The US Army expects to upgrade the majority of the fleet to the UH-60M standard by 2020.

The BattleHawk is an armed variant of Black Hawk helicopter featuring integrated electronic warfare suite and a comprehensive collection of armaments to perform armed reconnaissance and attack missions. Sikorsky will provide BattleHawk either as a new build aircraft or as a retrofit kit to existing Black Hawk helicopters. All in, BattleHawk will offer a combination of firepower and medium lift that is not available on current dedicated utility and attack helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft launched the BattleHawk program at Farnborough air show in July 2006. Standard equipment for the multi-mission BattleHawk include an integrated helmet display, C4I system, missiles, rockets, and a turreted gun. In addition to the armed reconnaissance and attack roles, the new helicopter will be suitable for troop transport, search and rescue, and disaster relief.

BattleHawk Specifications

Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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BattleHawk News

There are 2 news between
15 Jun 2009 and 14 Dec 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009Armed Black Hawk Demonstrator Completes Test Program
Monday, June 15, 2009Armed BLACK HAWK Demonstrator Completes Weapons Test Phase
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