Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk

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The Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk (or Sea Hawk) is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission United States Navy helicopter based on the United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The most significant airframe modification is a hinged tail to reduce its footprint aboard ships.

The U.S. Navy uses the H-60 airframe under the model designations SH-60B, SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-60R, and MH-60S. Able to deploy aboard any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or aircraft carrier, the Seahawk can handle anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), naval special warfare (NSW) insertion, search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC). All Navy H-60s carry a rescue hoist for SAR/CSAR missions.

Variants[edit | edit source]

US Variants[edit | edit source]

  • YSH-60 Seahawk: Developmental version, led to SH-60B; five built.
  • SH-60B Seahawk: Anti-submarine warfare helicopter, equipped with an APS-124 search radar and an ALQ-142 ESM system under the nose, also fitted with a 25-tube sonobuoy launcher on the left side and modified landing gear; 181 built for the US Navy.
  • NSH-60B Seahawk: Permanently configured for flight testing.
  • CH-60E: Proposed troop transport version for the U.S. Marine Corps. Not built.
  • SH-60F Oceanhawk: Carrier-borne anti-submarine warfare helicopter, equipped with dipping sonar; 76 built for the U.S. Navy.
  • NSH-60F Seahawk: Modified SH-60F to support the VH-60N Cockpit Upgrade Program.
  • HH-60H Rescue Hawk: Search-and-rescue helicopter for the U.S. Navy; 42 built
  • XSH-60J Seahawk: Two U.S.-built pattern aircraft for Japan.
  • SH-60J Seahawk: Anti-submarine warfare helicopter for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
  • YSH-60R Seahawk: Developmental version, led to the MH-60R/S.
  • MH-60R Seahawk: Variant of the SH-60 that combines the features of the SH-60B and SH-60F
  • YCH-60S Knighthawk:
  • MH-60S Knighthawk: Multimission helicopter whose missions include vertical replenishment, medical evacuation, combat search and rescue, anti-surface warfare, maritime interdiction, close air support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and special warfare support. It replaced the CH-46 Sea Knight in USN service.
  • HH-60/MH-60 Jayhawk: U.S. Coast Guard version, developed from HH-60H.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Australia
    • Royal Australian Navy
  • Brazil
    • Brazilian Navy
  • Republic of China
    • Republic of China Naval Aviation Command
  • Denmark
    • Royal Danish Navy
  • Greece
    • Hellenic Navy
  • Israel
    • Israeli Sea Corps
  • India
    • Indian Navy
  • Japan
  • South Korea
    • Republic of Korea Navy
  • Mexico
    • Mexican Navy
  • Qatar
    • Qatar Emiri Air Force
    • Qatar Emiri Navy
  • Saudi Arabia
    • Royal Saudi Navy
  • Singapore
    • Republic of Singapore Air Force
    • Republic of Singapore Navy
  • Spain
    • Spanish Navy
  • Thailand
    • Royal Thai Navy
  • Tunisia
    • Tunisian Navy
  • Turkey
    • Turkish Naval Forces
  • United States
    • United States Navy

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