YouTube – Seahawk Helicopter
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 vertical replenishment, medical evacuation, anti-surface warfare, maritime interdiction, close air support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, special warfare support, mine clearance, and combat 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 also 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.
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 U. S. Navy’s latest version of the Seahawk is designated the MH-60R Romeo. Its avionics include Multi-Spectral Targeting – Forward Looking Infra Red sensors, a multi-mode radar/IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) interrogator, the latest airborne fleet data link, the latest Airborne active Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS), and an Aircraft Survival Equipment (ASE) package that includes missile launch, radar and laser detectors, an infrared jammer, and chaff/flare dispensers.
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.
Australia acquired 24 Seahawk Helicopter MH-60R Romeo versions in 2013. They are armed with Hellfire missiles and Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedoes.
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.
In Jan. of 2020 the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed US$185,874,486 for “program management, various levels of maintenance, training and logistics support to sustain the operational capability of 24 Royal Australian Navy Seahawk Helicopter MH-60 model R aircraft”. Some 80 percent of the work will be performed in Australia with the balance in the United States. It should be finished in January of 2024.
In addition, the same month, the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support awarded Lockheed US$2.338 billion for “the repair, upgrade or replacement, required availability, configuration management and inventory management for approximately 1,049 weapon replaceable assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies associated with Seahawk Helicopters, both the MH-60R and MH-60S”. Work should be finished by January of 2027.
RC Seahawk Helicopter
The RC Seahawk Helicopter from Roban is a 700 size, 1/8 scale ARF. It is 75 in. long, has a 61 1/2 in. rotor diameter, 22 in. width, 15 in. height, and weighs around 18 3/4 lbs., ready to fly. It has a fiberglass fuselage with a U.S. Navy color scheme, features a full scale illuminated cockpit, four blade rotorhead and tailhead with carbon fiber blades and position lights. For power a 450 kV brushless motor is recommended.
The RC Aerodyne 600 size RC Seahawk Helicopter has an epoxy fiberglass fuselage. It measures 60 in. long, 10 in. high, and 9 1/2 in. wide.