US Coast Guard to Upgrade HH-60J Jayhawk Fleet

Released on Tuesday, April 5, 2005
United States of America
IR - InfraRed
MRR - Medium Range Recovery
SAR - Search and Rescue
SAR - Synthetic Aperture Radar
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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