Advanced UH-60J  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2011
Total Production: 40
Origin: Japan
Corporations: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Parent System: H-60 Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 4,766
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
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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 Advanced UH-60J is a Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter produced under license from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Moreover, the aircraft is designed to provide humanitarian and disaster relief. In December 2010, the Japanese Ministry of Defense selected MHI to supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) with 40 Advanced UH-60J helicopters in a deal worth 190 billion yen ($2.3 billion) over the life of the program, including 20 years of logistics support. The new aircraft will replace the aging fleet of 40 UH-60J helicopters built in the early 1990s. The MHI Advanced UH-60J helicopter will enjoy a service life of 20 years. The aircraft includes a removable air refueling probe to refuel from tanker aircraft while airborne, satellite communications and a collision avoidance system.

Advanced UH-60J Specifications

Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life: 20 year
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Advanced UH-60J News

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on 8 Dec 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010Japanese Ministry of Defense Selects Mitsubishi to Build 40 Advanced UH-60J SAR Helicopters

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