The MH-60S replaced the aging fleet of H-46D helicopters, which led to significant reductions in costs per flight hour, mission aborts, component removals, and unscheduled maintenance actions. The MH-60S with its glass cockpit incorporates active matrix liquid crystal displays, used to facilitate pilot and co-pilot vertical and horizontal situation presentations. Another major design of the MH-60S is a "common cockpit," which is shared with the MH-60R. This allows pilots to shift from one aircraft to another with minimal re-training.
The MH-60S Seahawk missions are Anti-Surface Warfare, combat support, humanitarian disaster relief, Combat Search and Rescue, aero medical evacuation, SPECWAR and organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures.
ACAT: ACAT IC Program
Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) date: August 2002
Operational Capabilities (FOC) date: 2016
|Primary Function: Anti-Surface Warfare, Combat Support, Humanitarian|
|Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Systems|
|Date Deployed: 2002|
|Propulsion: 2-GE T700-GE-401 (C)|
|Length: 64 feet, 10 inches|
|Height: 17 feet|
|Weight: 14,430 lbs (empty), 23,500 lbs (max gross)|
|Airspeed: 180 knots (max)|
|Ceiling: 13,000 feet|
|Range: 245 Nautical Miles|
|Last Update: 4 January 2019|