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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
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Parent System: H-60 Hawk
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, Advanced UH-60J
, HH-60G Pave Hawk
, HH-60M BlackHawk
, 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.
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