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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

 
 
Country of origin United States
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 shp
Maximum cruising speed 294 km/h
Service ceiling 5.8 km
Range 584 km
Endurance 2 hours
Payload
Maximum payload 1.1 t internal, 4 t external
Typical load 12 troops
Armament
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.

 

 

 
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