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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 120
Also Known As: C2 on-the-move
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon* 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: Advanced UH-60J, BattleHawk, 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 Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) is a derivative of proven UH-60L helicopter carrying a dedicated mission equipment package to provide US Army's brigade, divisions and corps commanders with an airborne command post with continuous situational awareness, robust communications and over-the-battlefield mobility. The A2C2S system features non-line-of-sight radios, wide band digital radios and six workstations. The US Army shows regard for the A2C2S as an element of the future Objective Force.

After more than 3,000 operational hours, 2,000 of them in combat, meeting and exceeding performance and reliability requirements the first low rate initial production (LRIP) A2C2S was delivered to the US Army on December 16, 2004. Raytheon is under contract to provide five LRIP systems and two A-kits for EUH-60 helicopters. Additional orders are anticipated in fiscal year 2005. Also dubbed 'C2 on-the-move', this airborne platform operates through the battlespace at 120 miles per hour (180 km/h). The US Army plans call for approximately 120 systems to be fielded during the life of the program. On 1 March 2005, Raytheon aired that the A2C2S had demonstrated well suited for homeland defense during exercises simulating Huntsville's 1989 tornado conducted by the US Army National Guard. As of March 20005, A2C2S had logged more than 2,000 hours of operations in support of combat and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East.

A2C2S Applications

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A2C2S Specifications

Crew: 4
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 6
Height: 5.13 meter (16.8 foot)
Length: 1,976 meter (6,483 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 16.4 meter
Width: 2.36 meter
Ceiling: 5,837 meter (19,150 foot)
Max Range: 567 kilometer (306 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,780 shp (2,820 kW)
Cruise Speed: 77 mps (278 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 100 mps (195 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 2.10 hour (0.09 day)
Empty Weight: 5,919 kilogram (13,049 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 10,660 kilogram (23,501 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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A2C2S News

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16 Dec 2004 and 24 Aug 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006Helicopter-based C2 for UAVs and Manned Strike Aircraft
Thursday, December 16, 2004First A2C2S Airborne Command Post Delivered to the US Army

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