The H-92 Superhawk is the military variant of the S-92. It is based on the new technology of the S-92 that utilizes experience from more than five million flight hours logged by UH-60/SH-60 (S-70) fleets in the field. The mission roles of the H-92 Superhawk include military utility, Head-of-State transport, anti-submarine warfare and combat search and rescue. The H-92 Superhawk was said by the manufacturer to offer 21st century safety, survivability, outstanding lift capability and speed. In addition, ease of maintenance provides a helicopter that was said to be available anytime, anywhere.
The H-92TM aircraft is a civil certified helicopter built for military operation. It combines advanced, certified technology and military technologies, incorporating some of the best design attributes of the legendary BLACK HAWK, SEAHAWK® and the CH-53 lines. The H-92 helicopter has a rugged design for extreme mission endurance with efficiencies for multi-mission operation. The exceptionally large cabin of the H-92 helicopter delivers a range of interior options to maximize flexibility for military crews and maximize value for government operators.
Sikorsky H-92TM helicopters were built to perform in confined areas. An H-92 helicopter crew can operate in the most difficult conditions, clearing obstacles with greater ease and landing in the tight spots other aircraft avoid. Because of its size, the H-92 aircraft is transportable by sea, air, ground and rail. It takes less than two hours to prepare, load and deploy.
The H-92 helicopter is Sikorsky’s premier twin-engine medium-lift helicopter specially adapted for the rigors of military missions. Cost-effective to own and operate, the H-92 helicopter performs troop transport, combat search and rescue, medical evacuation and head of state missions throughout the world. The aircraft incorporates modern technology throughout, including an advanced cockpit with an avionics management system that provides audio cues and intuitive flight symbology on four fully redundant liquid crystal displays.
The H-92 helicopter offers military customers an ideal platform for medical evacuation missions. With its useful load of 9,748 pounds (4,421 kg) in utility configuration and spacious cabin, the H-92 aircraft has the ability to lift up to 6 patients, attendants and specialized medical equipment with utmost ease. The speed and long range of the H-92 helicopter maximizes the chance of reaching patients during the critical "Golden Hour". The all weather operation features of the H-92 helicopter- EGPWS, TCAS, weather radar, anti-ice and rotor ice protection- expand its ability to fly in challenging environments. Armor and aircraft survivability systems allow military crews to get the job done under fire. The H-92 helicopter cabin is designed to be multi-mission, allowing rapid reconfiguration so that Medevac operators can meet r demanding mission needs.
The multi-mission H-92 helicopter has the strength to perform the most rigorous of tasks. The H-92 helicopter is autonomous in the field, designed for easy maintenance. The built-in reliability of the H-92 helicopter assures maximum mission readiness and minimal cost of ownership while providing a flexible platform for transporting personnel and cargo when and where needed.
To meet the most demanding 21st century aviation service needs, Sikorsky service and support brings together OEM expertise along with unique experiences to support rotary wing aircraft. From spares, overhaul and repair to programs such as performance-based logistics, contractor logistics support and military depot partnerships, Sikorsky offers services designed to increase flying time, improve ease of use and reduce cost of ownership. Customers are able to focus on the mission, flying the aircraft without worrying about parts availability and escalating service costs.
By 2007 the Sikorsky S-92 was in use by heads of state in South Korea, Kuwait, Turkey and Turkmenistan, and had been ordered for similar duty in Bahrain, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. The FAA had approved the helicopter for installation of protective countermeasures, and it could be adapted to the Marine One role.
Sikorsky is working with the U.S. Navy on a fleet of VH-92A helicopters to support the Presidential world-wide vertical-lift mission. To help ensure an affordable program, we are integrating the already-FAA certified S-92 aircraft with a mature mission communications system and an executive interior. Planned to enter service in 2020, the VH-92A will continue to provide safe and reliable helicopter transportation.
Engineering Development Model 0 (EDM-0), the first S-92A helicopter destined for the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program, began preliminary mission systems evaluation in December 2014. EDM-0 conducted its first flight after modification on May 15, 2015 and completed the first phase of MCS testing on Aug. 25, 2015. Testing was performed in Owego, New York, site of system integrator Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky's principal supplier. The Preliminary Design Review (PDR) was completed on Aug. 21, 2015; completing this step signals that the program is ready to proceed into detailed design (Critical Design Review).
The U.S. Air Force approved the VH-92A designation on Oct. 3, 2014.
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