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SH-60B Seahawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$40 million
Also Known As: S-70B Seahawk, S-70C(M) Thunderhawk, SH-60 LAMPS III, SH-60J Seahawk and SH-60K
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Parent System: H-60 Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 4,757
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: A2C2S, 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-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 SH-60 Sea Hawk is a medium lift, twin-engine, utility and assault helicopter used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug interdiction, communications relay, medical evacuation, vertical replenishment, anti-ship warfare, cargo lift, and special operations. It is a derivative of proven UH-60 helicopter and is based aboard Carriers, Amphibious Assault Ships, Cruisers, Destroyers and Frigates.

For the Anti-Submarine Warfare role the SH-60 deploys sonobouys and torpedoes. It extends ship's detection range for Anti-Surface (against other ships) warfare. The helicopter has a crew of 3, the pilot, an airborne tactical officer and a sensor operator. The tactical officer is responsible for tactical situation deciding what asset will be used to prosecute a target and handling the coordination with other assets on scene. The sensor operator is an enlisted sailor who operates the radar an magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) equipment, interprets acoustic data and performs search and rescue as rescue swimmer.

The SH-60B Seahawk was deployed by the US Navy in 1983. It is a ship-based helicopter (frigates, destroyers and cruisers no aircraft carriers) and responds to the LAMPS (Light Airborne Multipurpose System) requirement of the US Navy. The LAMPS Mk III enables to counter submarines and missile-equipped surface ships, while providing ship surveillance and targeting. The SH-60B has been enabled to employ the proven Penguin helicopter-launched anti-ship missile, or direct host ship launched surface to surface missiles via a data-link in naval gunfire support mission. In addition, it can employ the combat-proven Hellfire anti-tank missile against small ships and fast attack boats.

The Republic of Singapore Navy ordered six S-70B naval helicopters from Sikorsky for its Formidable-class frigates on January 21, 2005. The helicopters will be equipped with anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare sensors and weapons. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2008 and continue through 2010. On 10 June 2005, the government of Turkey ordered 12 Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) helicopters. The agreement included five additional aircraft as options with deliveries beginning in 2008. Turkey already operated 7 S-70Bs and more than 100 S-70As. The final agreement was signed on November 3, 2006, and included the five options as firm order aircraft. First deliveries were delayed to 2009.

SH-60B Seahawk Applications

Fighting Ships 30FFM Abukuma Ada Akizuki Asagiri Asahi Atago CG 47 (VLS) CG 47 Ticonderoga Chakri Nareubet CV 63 Kitty Hawk DD 963 Spruance DDG 51 Flight IIA DEX F100 Alvaro de Bazan FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry Formidable Haruna Hatakaze Hatsuyuki Hyuga Istanbul Izumo Juan Carlos I Kongo LHD Canberra Maya MEKO 200 Murasame Osumi Shirane Takanami

SH-60B Seahawk Specifications

Crew: 3
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 5.18 meter (17.0 foot)
Length: 19.8 meter (65 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 7.62 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 16.4 meter
Max Range: 833 kilometer (450 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,780 shp (2,820 kW)
Cruise Speed: 75 mps (269 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 93 mps (180 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 6 hour (0.25 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 9,927 kilogram (21,885 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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SH-60B Seahawk News

There are 21 news between
21 Jan 2005 and 15 Oct 2019
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019China Developing Z-20F Naval Helicopter
Saturday, June 17, 2017India Scraps Deal for 16 S-70B Helicopters
Thursday, July 28, 2016Royal Australian Navy Takes Delivery of 24th and Final MH-60R SeaHawk Helicopter
Friday, December 5, 2014Indian Navy Places Order for up to 24 S-70B Seahawk Multi-role Helicopters
Tuesday, October 7, 2014FMS: Brazil Requests S-70B Helicopter Follow-On Support
Wednesday, August 17, 2011MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Successful at Sea Deployment
Monday, June 20, 2011Brazilian Navy Signs Agreement for Two Additional S-70B Helicopters
Thursday, March 3, 2011Sikorsky Aircraft Signs MoU with Trakka Corp
Thursday, January 20, 2011US Navy Renews Logistics Program for 490 H-60 Helicopters
Wednesday, July 30, 2008US Navy Completes First Operational MH-60R Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron

Operators & Related Equipment

S-70B-2 Seahawk replaced by MH-60R helicopters by 2016
20173S-70B-2 Seahawk
201316S-70B-2 Seahawk
201216S-70B-2 Seahawk
Brazilian Navy S-70B (4 ordered in 2010) with two additional S-70B helicopters ordered in June 2011
Operates S-70s
S-70B Seahawk aircraft ordered in December 2014 (16) plus eight options for the Indian Navy. The deal was scrapped in June 2017
SH-60K and SH-60J
2008111SH-60K (22) and SH-60J (89)
2007104SH-60K (15) and SH-60J (89)
200697SH-60K (8) and SH-60J (89)
Operates S-70s
S-70C(M)-1/2 Thunderhawk
Operates S-70s
Operates S-70s
United States of America354

Grand Total 43511
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
AGM-114K Hellfire IIx4
AGM-114M Hellfire IIx4
Mark 46x3
Mark 50x3
MU90 Impact
Offensive Weapons
AGM-114B Hellfirex4
AGM-119 Penguinx2
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
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