three to four
2 x 1,890 shp ea.
30 mm RAMICS
64 ft. 8 in.
17 ft. 2 in.
53 ft. 8 in.
The Seahawk Helicopter uses the proven airframe of its line of helicopters to fulfill a role aboard ships, primarily for the U.S. Navy, but also for other navies around the world. The helicopter is produced by Sikorsky and designated the MH/SH-60 Seahawk.
The Seahawk Helicopter is used aboard vessels including destroyers, frigates, and aircraft carriers. Their crew usually include a pilot, air tactical officer, and a sensor operator. Their primary mission is anti-submarine warfare, although variants of the Seahawk Helicopter are also used for anti-shipping missions, mine clearance, and search and rescue. The avionics and weapons systems of the latest Seahawk Helicopter models enables BVR (beyond visual range) missions as part of the U.S. Navy LAMPS (light airborne multi-purpose system).
Missions of the Seahawk Helicopter may involve the laying of a line of sonar buoys to detect enemy submarines. The helicopter can use its towed magnetic anomaly detector to zero in on the submarine's location. It then has the ability to attack the submarine with homing torpedoes.
The Seahawk Helicopter operates day and night in virtually all weather, and can land on the deck of a vessel while negotiating heavy seas.
The Seahawk Helicopter has a four blade main rotor with swept back tips to help lessen drag and rotor noise. They fold back for storage. The tail of the Seahawk Helicopter can also be folded.
Engines of the Seahawk Helicopter are especially modified to be able to withstand the harsh effects of being at sea. The helicopter has two engines and is capable of operating on a single engine.
RAMICS 30 mm cannon
Pylons beneath the Seahawk Helicopter can carry up to three torpedoes or a combination of torpedoes and external fuel tank. Machine guns or a RAMICS (Rapid Anti-Mine Clearance System) 30 mm cannon can be mounted in and just outside of the helicopter's doors.
Two downed pilots were rescued by Seahawk Helicopters during the 1990 Gulf War.
In March of 2003 Seahawk Helicopters were deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. They flew some 900 combat sorties, primarily supporting special ops.
The Spanish Navy has operate the Seahawk Helicopter since 1988. Taiwan has their Seahawk Helicopters equipped with the latest search radar and torpedoes. The Greek Navy equips their Seahawk Helicopters with anti-shipping missiles.
The U.S. Coast Guard uses the Seahawk Helicopter for search and rescue while the U.S. Marine Corps uses the helicopter primarily as a VIP transport.