Firehawk Helicopters




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utility
two
GE turboshafts
2 x 1,890 s.h.p. ea.
64 ft. 10 in.
17 ft. 6 in.
53 ft. 8 in.
11,800 lbs.
22,000 lbs.
180 mph
224 mph
2,250 fpm
14,000 feet
290 miles
12/7/74
1979

Firehawk helicopter

Firehawk Helicopter

Firehawk helicopters are the water bomber version of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The mid-size utility helicopter has been used as a water bomber, for search and rescue, emergency medical transport, swift water rescue, night operations and firefighter transport.

Firehawk helicopters have a 1,000 gallon water tank that is capable of being refilled through a retractable snorkel in as little time as a minute.  Its controls permit water bombing in a number of patterns and volumes.

Firehawk helicopters can hold up to eleven fully equipped firefighters.  The large cabin, with easy access entrances, can be reconfigured without any special tools while in flight for a variety of missions in minutes.  Passenger seats are stowable in its ceiling.  It can hold two primary litters, and has advanced life support capability with a built-in medical panel. 

A 9,000 lb. capacity cargo hook can be used to rescue livestock from inaccessible locations. Firehawk helicopters are also equipped with an external electric rescue hoist to lift residents out of harms way.  Its cabin floor has 17 tie-down rings and is rated at 300 psf.

Firehawk helicopters have excellent maneuverability to maneuver in and out of canyons where other aircraft dare not go.  They are rated for hot temperature, high altitude performance using wide chord rotor blades.

Firehawk helicopters incorporate a glass cockpit and flight management system with a four-axis autopilot and automated flight control system.  The helicopter is capable of being operated by a single pilot.

Firehawk helicopters are deployed in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.  The Los Angeles County Fire Department currently utilizes three Firehawk helicopters. 




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