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Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk Military Helicopter

One of the Sikorsky S-70 family of helicopters the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk is was designed as a replacement for the US Navy's CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters when they were due to be retired in 1997. The Knighthawk is very versatile and can be used for replenishment, medical evacuation, SAR, surface warfare, reconnaissance, Airborne Laser Mine Detection, close air support, intelligence, surveillance and maritime interdiction. It is of note that the Sikorsky MH-60S was the first helicopter to enter USN service to have a "glass cockpit", flat screens replacing the old style indicators.

Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk Military Helicopter

 
Sikorsky MH-60S Specifications:
  • Crew: 34
  • Capacity: slung load of 9,000 lb (4,100 kg) or internal load of 4,100 lb (1,900 kg)
  • Length: 64 ft 8 in (19.75 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 53 ft 8 in (16.35 m)
  • Height: 17 ft 2 in (5.2 m)
  • Empty weight: 15,200 lb (6,895 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 17,758 lb (8,055 kg)
  • Useful load: 6,684 lb (3,031 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 21,884 lb (9,927 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 1,890 shp (1,410 kW) General Electric T700-GE-401C turbo-shafts
  • Maximum speed: 146 kn (270 km/h; 168 mph)
  • Range: 450 nmi (518 mi or 834 km) at cruise speed
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,580 m)

Armament:

  • Three Mark 46 or 54 torpedoes
  • Eight AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
  • AGM-119 Penguin missile
  • M60 machine gun (or)
  • M240 machine gun (or)
  • GAU-16/A machine gun (or)
  • GAU-17/A Minigun
  • Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) using the Mk 44 Mod 0 30 mm Cannon
 

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