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MH-60 Seahawk Helicopter

Last updated: 06 Feb 2020

A twin-engine, medium lift, utility or assault helicopter.
The Seahawk is a twin-engine helicopter. It is used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug interdiction, anti-ship warfare, cargo lift, and special operations. The Navy has completed the full transition from the aging SH-60B and SH-60F Seahawk variants to the state of the art MH-60R and MH-60S which are based aboard cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships and nuclear powered aircraft carriers. The MH-60R's primary missions are Antisubmarine Warfare(ASW), Anti-surface Warfare(SUW), and Electromagnetic Warfare (EW). The MH-60S is assigned to the SUW, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasure (AMCM) and combat support missions. Each variant, as well as the Air Force's MH-60 G Pave Hawk and the Coast Guard's HH-60J Jayhawk, are equipped with a rescue hoist with a 250 foot (75 meter) cable that has a 600 pound (270 kg) lift capability and a cargo hook with a 6,000 lb capacity.
The UH-60 Black Hawk was fielded by the Army in 1979. The Navy received the SH-60B Seahawk in 1983 and the SH-60F in 1988. The first MH-60S was fielded in 2002 while the MH-60R's reached initial operational capability in 2006. The Air Force received the MH-60G Pave Hawk in 1982 while the Coast Guard received the HH-60J Jayhawk in 1992.
Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard
General Characteristics
Primary Function: Varies with the particular military service.
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (airframe); General Electric Company (engines); IBM Corporation (avionics components).
Propulsion: Two General Electric T700-GE-700 or T700-GE-701C engines; thrust: up to 1,940 shaft horsepower.
Length: 64 feet 10 inches (19.6 meters).
Height: Varies with the version; from 13 to 17 feet (3.9 to 5.1 meters).
Rotor Diameter: 53 feet 8 inches (16.4 meters).
Weight: Varies; 21,000 to 23,000 pounds (9,450 to 10,350 kg).
Airspeed: 180 knots maximum.
Range: Generally about 380 nautical miles (600 km); range becomes unlimited with air refueling capability.
Crew: Three to four.

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