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Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk

Multi-role shipborne naval helicopter

SH-60B Seahawk helicopter

The original Sikorsky SH-60 B Seahawk is due to be replaced with more advanced helicopter designs

 
 
Entered service 1984
Crew 2 - 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 15.26 m
Main rotor diameter 16.36 m
Height 5.18 m
Weight (empty) 6.1 t
Weight (maximum take off) 10.6 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshafts
Engine power 2 x 1 900 hp
Maximum speed 234 km/h
Combat radius 93 km
Endurance 3 hours
Payload
Passengers up to 8 passengers
Payload capacity (internal) 1.8 t
Payload capacity (external) up to 2.7 t
Armament
Machine guns one or more 7.62-mm MGs
Missiles AGM-119B Penguin anti-ship missiles, AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles
Torpedoes Mk 46 and Mk 50 torpedoes

 

   The Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk is a navalized US Navy version of the US Army UH-60 Black Hawk. It made its first flight in 1979 and was adopted by the US Navy in 1984. Various versions of the SH-60 Seahawk dominate US naval aviation.

   The SH-60B Seahawk deploys the LAMPS III anti-submarine warfare system and functions as an extension of the shipboard weapon system of the warship on which it is deployed. With radar, electronic surveillance measures, magnetic anomaly detector, infra-red, and sonobuoy sensors, the SH-60B can detect and track submarines and surface ships and attack with torpedoes and missiles. The Navy received 93 SH-60Bs upgraded to Block I standard with expanded weapons capability.

   SH-60F Ocean Hawk anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters are embarked on US Navy supercarriers to provide inner-zone defense of a carrier battle group; they also serve in plane guard, rescue, and logistics roles. The HH-60H Ocean Hawk has the primary role of conducting combat search and rescue (SAR), and insertion and extraction of special warfare forces.

   The Navy's MH-60R Seahawk (previously known as SH-60R Strikehawk) was first deployed in 2009. It replaced both the SH-60B and SH-60F as well as the HH-60H. The MH-60R lost the magnetic anomaly detector but features many improvements, including an increase in gross operating weight; two additional stores stations; and AYK-14 mission computer; improved cockpit displays; an AQS-22 dipping sonar; a UYS-2 acoustic processor; a multi-mode radar; an upgraded electronic surveillance system; an infra-red sensor; and an integrated self-defense system. The SH-60R entered service in 2002, and the re-manufacture programme is to continue through 2010.

   The MH-60S Seahawk (unofficially known as the Knighthawk) was developed for the vertical replenishment role to replace the CH-46 Sea Knight utility helicopter. This combines the rotor, engines, tail pylon, gearbox, and rescue hoist of the UH-60 Black Hawk with the automatic flight control system of a Seahawk. The prototype MH-60S was flown in 1997 and was approved in 1998 for low-rate initial production. The YCH-60S was also undergoing development as a mine-warfare platform to replace the MH-53E.

   Export operators of SH-60B, SH-60Fs and hybrid SH-60B/Fs comprise Australia, Greece, Japan, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. The US Coast Guard flies the HH-60J Jayhawk in the search and rescue role.

   The three types currently in service are being replaced by two follow-on types - the MH-60R and MH-60S.

 

Video of the SH-60B Seahawk multi-role helicopter

 
SH-60B Seahawk helicopter

 SH-60B Seahawk helicopter

SH-60B Seahawk helicopter

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