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UH-60M BlackHawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Maiden Flight: 28 August 2008
Total Production: 1,569
Unitary Cost: USD$20 million
Total Cost: USD$27 billion
Also Known As: HKP16
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Parent System: H-60 Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 4,780
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: A2C2S, Advanced UH-60J, BattleHawk, HH-60G Pave Hawk, HH-60H, HH-60M BlackHawk, HH-60W Jolly Green II, 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-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 UH-60M is an upgraded derivative of combat-proven UH-60 helicopter. The US Army plans to modernize up to 1,200 existing UH-60 helicopters to the M configuration within the next 20 years. As of June 2005, the total cost of Black Hawk upgrade was estimated at $20.8 billion. There are no plans for an eventual replacement of UH-60 helicopters through 2025. The UH-60M will feature improved payload, new digital cockpit displays, a strengthened fuselage, new composite spar wide-chord blades which provide 227 kg (500 lb) more lift than the UH-60L blade, and more powerful engines (T700-GE-701D). The M helicopters will also feature lower maintenance costs than the current fleet. The new UH-60M helicopter could be available as production standard beginning in 2007.

The UH-60M development program consists of a UH-60A, five UH-60L helicopters, a UH-60Q Medevac model and a new production UH-60M totaling eight airframes. The low rate initial production UH-60M is expected to begin in 2005 with up to 90 existing UH-60s inducted per year by 2012. The US Army may purchase 300 new production UH-60Ms in addition to the 1,200 UH-60A/Ls intended for upgrade. The Pentagon's Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) authorized 31-Mar-2005 the Army's UH-60M program to proceed with Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of 22 new-built aircraft and up to 40 aircraft until fiscal year 2006. This decision also authorized the first lot of full rate production UH-60Ms.

UH-60M BlackHawk Applications

Auxiliary Vessels Arialah

UH-60M BlackHawk Specifications

Crew: 4
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 6
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,988 shp (2,975 kW)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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UH-60M BlackHawk News

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020FMS: Jordan Seeks One UH-60M Helicopter
Monday, July 6, 2020FMS: Lithuania Seeks Six UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters
Thursday, April 23, 2020FMS: United Arab Emirates Requests AH-64, UH-60 and CH-47 Helicopters Support
Wednesday, April 22, 2020US Army UH-60V Digital Cockpit Passes Initial Operational Test and Evaluation
Tuesday, March 10, 2020US Army Orders 40 Lot 44 UH-60M Helicopters
Monday, November 25, 2019US Army Awards Contract to Support T700 Engine Through 2024
Wednesday, October 30, 2019FMS: Croatia Wants Two UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters
Thursday, June 6, 2019Black Hawk Helicopter Flies with Optionally Piloted Vehicle Technology
Friday, February 1, 2019General Electric T901 Engine to Power US Army AH-64 and UH-60 Helicopters under ITEP Program
Friday, August 3, 2018FMS: Latvia Requests Sale of Four UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by Mexico's Federal Police (6), Secretary of National Defense (8) and Mexican Air Force (18)
Saudi Arabia72
Foreign military sale announced in October 2010 for 72 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters
Helicopters (24) equipped with GAU-19 guns
Aircraft (2) ordered in July 2012
United Arab Emirates26
Scheduled for delivery in 2010 and 2011
United States of America2,275
The US Army plans call for 1,227 new build helicopters with the first delivered in 2008 and 900 upgraded aircraft with the first deliver due in 2010. In 2011 the US Army plans call for the procurement of 1,375 new build aircraft.
Jul 2010200

Grand Total 2,46910
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