Contractor: SikorskyServices: USN Propulsion: 2-GE T700-GE-401 Airspeed: 180 knots Range: 245 Nautical Miles Crew: Four
The MH-60R Seahawk missions are Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Surveillance, Communications Relay, Combat Search and Rescue, Naval Gunfire Support and logistics support.
As the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk will be the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Concept of Operations. Anti-Submarine Warfare and Surface Warfare are the MH-60R’s primary missions. Secondary missions include Search and Rescue, Vertical Replenishment, Naval Surface Fire Support, logistics support, personnel transport, Medical Evacuation, and VHF/UHF/Link Communication Relay. The MH-60R and its mission systems will replace the fleet’s legacy SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft.
The MH-60S Seahawk missions are Anti-Surface Warfare, combat support, humanitarian disaster relief, Combat Search and Rescue, aero medical evacuation, SPECWAR and organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures.
The MH-60S replaced the aging fleet of H-46D helicopters, which led to significant reductions in costs per flight hour, mission aborts, component removals, and unscheduled maintenance actions. The MH-60S with its glass cockpit incorporates active matrix liquid crystal displays, used to facilitate pilot and co-pilot vertical and horizontal situation presentations.
Another major design of the MH-60S is a “common cockpit,” which is shared with the new MH-60R. This will allow a pilot to shift from one aircraft to another with minimal re-training.