Black Hawk Helicopter

Black Hawk Helicopter


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US$5.91 million
US$24,475 per hour
two to four
GE T700-GE701
2- 1,560 hp ea.
64 ft. 10 in.
16 ft. 10 in.
53 ft. 8 in.
10,625 lbs.
24,500 lbs.
14 troops
10,645 lbs.
150 mph
220 mph
2,750 fpm
19,000 feet
1,380 miles

Black Hawk Helicopter

Black Hawk Helicopter

The Black Hawk Helicopter, officially Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk, is the front line utility helicopter of the United States Army. It is used for troop transport, air cavalry, electronic warfare, air assault, aeromedical evacuation and to transport the president of the United States.

The civilian version of the Black Hawk Helicopter is often used as an air tanker. It can be equipped with a 1,000 gallon "constant flow" delivery water tank.

The Black Hawk Helicopter, model A, was originally deployed in 1979. In 1988 the model L was introduced with more powerful engines. The latest model, the M, with  fly-by-wire controls, glass cockpit, Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS), the latest navigation and instrumentation, and fully authorized digital control (FADEC) engines, is slated for use beyond the year 2020.

US Army Black Hawk Helicopter missions can involve medical evacuation models which are configured as rotary winged medical suites. The range of the helicopter may be extended by the use of as many as 4 external fuel tanks.

The United States Air Force is expected to start replacing its current fleet of HH-60G helicopters with a total of 112 HH-60W helicopters, valued at US$7.9 billion, beginning in early 2020. The new version has more range and is expected to perform medevac, search and rescue, and combat forces extraction missions. New avionics include a tactical mission kit that gathers information from a new helicopter sensor array.

The United States Navy versions of the Black Hawk Helicopter are designated the MH-60R, and MH-60S Seahawks. Their missions are primarily Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Ship Warfare.  Navy Black Hawk helicopters are equipped with multiple function laser range finding and targeting, ultra sharp image seeking, color and infrared detectors. They employ the AN/SRQ-4 situational awareness system that links them with nearby surface warships. It is anticipated that by December of 2020 the U.S. Navy Black Hawk Helicopter will be upgraded with the next-generation AN/SRQ-4. It provides sensor data transfer, data link operation, comprehensive built-in test, plus command and control functions. In addition it offers extending situational awareness over the horizon and real time exploitation of aircraft sensors.

The United States Coast Guard version of the Black Hawk Helicopter is designated the HH-60J Jayhawk. Its missions are primarily SAR. They are equipped with the same rescue hoist equipment as the USAF helicopter version.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Army modified a Black Hawk Helicopter and called it the R A S C A L (Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory). In 1991 it was used to study rotary craft maneuverability.

The United States Army Black Hawk Helicopter first saw action in 1983 during the invasion of Grenada.

In 1989 the Black Hawk Helicopter again saw action with the invasion of Panama.

It was 1991 when over 300 Black Hawk Helicopters were used in the Gulf War for the United States Army's largest air assault ever.

Other actions featuring the Black Hawk Helicopter were the 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia assault, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and on going operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Black Hawk Helicopter was employed as a transport for United States Navy Seals in the May 2, 2011 take down of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

The Afghan Air Force is now flying the Black Hawk helicopter.  A total of 160 have been ordered with deliveries to be completed by 2020.

Over 4,000 Black Hawk Helicopters have been produced to date.

Black Hawk Helicopter Formart

RC Black Hawk Helicopter

The RC Black Hawk Helicopter fuselage from Formart Modellbau is made from fiberglass. It is 91 1/2 in. long and 21 1/2 in high. Recommended power is a Jakadofsky PRO 5000 turboshaft engine driving a four bladed 90 1/2 in. diameter rotor. All up weight is around 42 lbs.

We would like to thank Michael Bowman for telling us about the 600 size RC Black Hawk Helicopter from RC Aerodyne. It is made from glass fibre to fit 600 size mechanics with a 60 in. length, 10 in. height, and 9 1/2 in. width.

The RC Black Hawk Helicopter from Heli-Max has a 13.8 in. long plastic fuselage, a 12.8 in diameter four blade rotor with a collective pitch head driven by a 3800 kV motor. Also included with the RTF helicopter is a 7.4 V 600 mAh flight battery, gyro and radio.