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Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

Transport helicopter

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

Since 1979 the UH-60 Black Hawk has been the US Army's standard utility helicopter

Entered service 1979
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 19.76 m
Main rotor diameter 16.36 m
Height 5.13 m
Weight (empty) 5.2 t
Weight (maximum take off) 11.1 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshafts
Engine power 2 x 1 800 hp
Maximum cruising speed 294 km/h
Service ceiling 5.8 km
Range 584 km
Endurance 2 hours
Maximum payload 1.1 t internal, 4 t external
Typical load 12 troops
Machine guns provision for machine guns
Missiles provision for AGM-114A Hellfire anti-tank missiles, Stinger air-to-air missiles
Other provision for M56 mine dispensing pods and rocket pods


   The Sikorsky S-70A or UH-60 Black Hawk has been the US Army's standard assault transport since 1979. It is the only rotary-wing aircraft to be operated by all five US armed forces and is also in widespread military service worldwide. Sikorsky built over 1 000 of the initial UH-60A model for the US Army before switching production from 1989 to the up-engined UH-60L variant; UH-60A/Ls equip both regular and reserve units.

   The Black Hawk has provision for machine guns, Hellfire anti-tank guided missiles and Stinger air-to-air missiles. It can also carry pods with unguided rockets or mine dispensing pods.

   The US Army fields several specialized versions. The MH-60L Crash Hawk and MH-60K Velcro Hawk serve today as the primary Special Operations Aviation (SOA) assault platforms. MH-60Ls have been modified into a direct action penetrator for service with the 160th SOAR as gunships.

   The Army operates around 60 EH-60Cs outfitted with a command and control SIGINT (COMINT) jamming system known in the latest field version as the Quick Fix IIB. The Army fielded one of the latest upgraded variant, known as EH-60L with the Advanced Quick Fix (AQF) system.

   The Army plans to upgrade around 350 UH-60A to UH-60Q Dustoff configuration for the medical evacuation role and around 600 UH-60As to a common UH-60L+ configuration to standardize equipment. The ultimate UH-60X standard is being studied; this will incorporate the dynamic systems developed for the S-92 with a new more powerful engine. The Oregon Army national guard operates UH-60L Firehawk as fire-fighting helicopters. The USAF has around 90 HH-60G Pave Hawks for combat rescue/SAR and seven MH-60Gs to support special operations forces. The US Marine Corps operates nine VH-60N White Hawks as presidential VIP transports.

   Over 350 S-70As have been exported; significant operators are Australia, Colombia, Japan (aircraft for the JGSDF license-built by Mitsubishi) South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. Lesser users are Argentina, Brunei, Chile, Egypt, the Hong Kong Government Flying Service, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines and Thailand.


Video of the UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopter

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

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