The United States Coast Guard will upgrade its current fleet of HH-60J Jayhawk
helicopter fleet instead of purchasing a new medium range recovery (MRR)
helicopter in response to its Homeland Defense responsibilities. This decision
follows a recent review of the Integrated Deepwater Implementation plan
presented to Congress.
The early decision to replace the Jayhawk fleet by a new and smaller helicopter
has been rejected after balancing post 9-11 requirements and future needs. The
new upgraded H-60 helicopter variant will be designated the MH-60T.
MH-60T will be fitted with a new state-of-the-art cockpit, new search/weather
radar and Electro-Optic (EO) Infrared (IR) units, upgraded engines and airframe,
and an airborne use of force package to provide more firepower and protection
from small arms fire. Sikorsky, the original manufacturer of the H-60 aircraft,
will be responsible for this modernization program.
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies, delivered 42 HH-60Js to
the US Coast Guard for search and rescue (SAR), offshore law enforcement, drug
interdiction, aids to navigation and environmental protection.
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