kaman seasprite

   
   

1958        


ModelC/N



Seasprite was originally conceived as a small-ships, single engined combat search and rescue airframe for the US Navy. The prototype first flew on 2 Jul 1959. 184 UH-2A/B were built between 1961 and 1963. Between 1967 and 1970 most were upgraded to UH-2C or HH-2C by retrofit of twin 1250 SHP T58-GE-8B turboshaft engines. Further modifications to LAMPS-1 standard in 1973 for some airframes. Upgrades to ASW equipped SH-3D for further airframes. Production restarted in 1981 in response to President Reagans 600 ship fleet inititative and the delay to the SH-60B Seahawk, with more powerful (1350 SHP) T58-GE-8F twin engines and the Kaman 101 rotor system which became the SH-2F. All remaining US Navy -C models have been upgraded to -F.
Plans announced in 1985 to provide an improved version of the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite, mainly for the us export market (initially for south korea and taiwan). By 2001, airframes were in use in Australia, Egypt, New Zealand and Poland.

The SH-2G Super Seasprite has improved twin GE T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines.




News about this Model:

New Seasprites Formally Handed over to New Zealand, 06-Mar-15 : Heli-Expo 2015 The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officially accepted ownership of the new Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Aerospace in a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland this morning.

New Zealand Accepted First SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite, 01-Dec-14 : BLOOMFIELD, Conn - Kaman Corp today announced that the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted the first SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Acceptance occurred at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility.

Kaman to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G for Peru, 20-Nov-14 : BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Kaman Corp. today announced that it has entered into a contract with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft and provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy.

Kaman Negotiates Upgrade of 4 SH-2G for Peru, 27-Oct-14 : BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Kaman Corporation confirmed today that it is negotiating with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft, and will provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy.

CAE training devices for New Zealand SH-2G, 21-Oct-14 : Wellington, New Zealand - Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has been awarded contracts by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support its SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices.

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Model Specifications:

Engine: 1 x GE T58
Capacity: 3
Length: (m) 15.9
Height: (m) 4.11
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 13.41
Disc area: (m2) 141.26
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 2127     Max: 4627
Speed: (km/h)
Range: (km)
Ceiling: (m)
Rate/Climb: (m/min)



Derivatives and Versions of this model:

ModelYearHistory
    YHU2K-1     1958 Kaman proposed the Model K-20 to fulfill the light utility role for the US Navy in 1957 and won! The Kaman design featured four blades on the ma ...
    UH-2A     1959 Kaman built 84 Model K-20 HU2K-1 (UH-2A) Seasprite light utility helicopters for the US Navy from 1958-1960, before production switched to the im ...
    UH-2B     1960 Kaman built 102 Model K-20 HU2K-1U (UH-2B) light utility helicopters for the US Navy from 1960-1962. Survivors were subsequently converted to UH- ...
    UH-2C     1965 Total of 41 UH-2A & UH-2B twin-engined upgrade conversions starting in 1965, with UH-2A 147981 serving as the prototype.
    HH-2D     1968
    SH-2D     1970
    YSH-2E     1971 Two Seasprites were converted to YSH-2E LAMPS II configuration. YSH-2E 149033 was one of two tested by HSL-31 in 1972 aboard USS Fox (DLG-33). T ...
    SH-2F     1973
    SH-2G     1985


Organisations with this Model:

From Organisation with model seasprite
1962
usa US Navy
    256 1962/01
 
1964
usa US Marine Corps
    11 1964/70
 
1997
egypt egyptian navy
    14 1997/now
new zealand Royal New Zealand Navy
    9 1997/now
 
2002
poland Marynarka Wojenna
    4 2002/now
 
2003
australia Fleet Air Arm (RAN)
    10 2003/08
2015

peru Marina de Guerra del Peru
    2015/now

Construction Numbers on database of seasprite or its versions

60SH-2F
17SH-2G
84UH-2A
102UH-2B
4YHU2K-1








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