Sikorsky S-70 H-60

MH-60S Seahawk

2000








Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk

Used by the US Navy as a multi mission helicopter undertaking roles of anti-surface warfare, vertical replenishment, combat search and rescue (CSAR), special warfare support and airborne mine countermeasures. 132 ordered by 2006.
It is based on the Army UH-60L Black Hawk but with the engines, drivetrain and rotors of the SH-60 Seahawk. A converted UH-60 prototype first flew on January 27, 2000. It was originally ordered in 1998 as the CH-60S, and unofficially known as, Knighthawk but was redesignated MH (multi-mission) in 2001. Replaced the UH-46 Sea Knight (Hence, the Knight Hawk) in the logistic role, the land-based UH-3H Sea King and the carrier-based CSAR HH-60H Seahawks. This resulted in the merger of the HC and HS squadrons into the new HSC units

Its main visible diference between other Seahawks is the aft-mounted tail wheel like those used by Army's Black Hawks. The MH-60S has a common cockpit shared with the MH-60R which allow a pilot to shift from one aircraft to another with minimal re-training.

On January 2013 was suggested that in their intended airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) mission, the MH-60S equipped with the AQS-20A sonar may not be operationally effective or suitable because the helicopter is underpowered and cannot safely tow the sonar under the wide variety of conditions necessary.




List of Operators of Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk


From Organisation with model MH-60S Seahawk
1983
usa US Navy
    S-70 H-60 1983/   
1997
thailand Royal Thai Navy
    S-70 H-60 10 1997/   

Construction Numbers on database of MH-60S Seahawk

264mh-60s






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