Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk Which Is Multi-role Shipborne Naval Heliᴄᴏᴘter

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The Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk is a navalized version of the UH-60 Black Hawk used by the US Army. It flew for the first time in 1979 and was adopted by the United States Navy in 1984. The SH-60 Seahawk and its variants dominate naval aviation in the United States.

The SH-60B Seahawk is equipped with the LAMPS III anti-submarine warfare system and serves as an extension of the warship’s shipboard weapon system. The SH-60B can detect and track submarines and surface ships using radar, electronic surveillance measures, magnetic anomaly detectors, infrared, and sonobuoy sensors, and ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ with torpedoes and missiles. The Navy got 93 SH-60Bs with improved armament capability that were modified to Block I standard.

SH-60F Ocean Hawk Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) heliᴄᴏᴘters are deployed on US Navy supercarriers to conduct carrier battle group inner-zone protection, as well as plane guard, rescue, and logistics missions. The primary mission of the HH-60H Ocean Hawk is combat search and rescue (SAR), as well as the insertion and evacuation of special warfare forces.

Source: USA Military Power

The MH-60R Seahawk (formerly known as the SH-60R Strikehawk) was initially deployed by the Navy in 2009. It took the place of the SH-60B, SH-60F, and HH-60H. The MH-60R does not have a magnetic anomaly detector, but it does have a higher gross operating weight, two additional stores stations, and an AYK-14 mission computer. It also has better cockpit displays, an AQS-22 dipping sonar, a UYS-2 acoustic processor, a multi-mode radar, an upgraded electronic surveillance system, an infrared sensor, and an integrated self-defense system. The SH-60R went into service in 2002, and the remanufacturing program would last until 2010.

The MH-60S Seahawk (also known as the Knighthawk) was designed to replace the CH-46 Sea Knight utility heliᴄᴏᴘter in the vertical replenishment duty. The rotor, engines, tail pylon, gearbox, and rescue hoist of the UH-60 Black Hawk are combined with the Seahawk’s autonomous flight control system. The MH-60S prototype flew in 1997 and was certified for low-rate beginning production in 1998. The YCH-60S was also being developed to replace the MH-53E as a mine-warfare platform.

Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ, Gʀᴇᴇᴄᴇ, Jᴀᴘᴀɴ, Sᴘᴀɪɴ, Tʜᴀɪʟᴀɴᴅ, and Tᴜʀᴋᴇʏ are among the SH-60B, SH-60F, and hybrid SH-60B/F exporters. The HH-60J Jayhawk is used by the US Coast Guard for search and rescue missions. Two follow-on versions, the MH-60R and MH-60S, will replace the three varieties now in service.

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