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HH-60U Ghost Hawk

The Air Force previously assigned the HH-60U designation to three UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft, adding among other modifications an electro-optical sensor and a rescue hoist. Air Force pilots and special mission aviators began flying the HH-60U in 2011. The Army delivered the first of three utility helicopters to the Air Force in a ceremony Sept. 7 at the Prototype Integration Facility. The modified Black Hawk UH-60M represented the Air Forces first new helicopter in 14 years. The other two aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2011. The helicopter will be used in combat search and rescue missions for day and night personnel recovery operations in hostile environments.

Renamed the HH-60U, it had an improved airframe, navigation, avionics and propulsion system. The Air Force will also use the aircraft for civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, humanitarian assistance, security cooperation/aviation advisory, NASA space flight support and rescue command and control.

The HH-60U shares 85 percent commonality with the USAFs incoming fleet of HH-60W combat rescue helicopters that will replace the aging HH-60G.

On May 17, 2016 Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement regarding an amendment sponsored by Representatives DeLauro, Zinke, Rogers, and Lummis that was adopted by voice vote in the House of Representatives. The Amendment ensures the security of the nations land-based nuclear forces by requiring an acquisition strategy that will field a UH-1N replacement aircraft by FY 2018.

There is an urgent national security need to replace the aging UH-1Ns performing nuclear missile site missions and the Air Force needs to move quickly. The amendments inclusion in the Authorization bill will not only ensure the security of the nations nuclear missile sites, it will ensure that the Air Force will have the most state of the art tools available to complete these missions. There is no room for error in protecting our nuclear weapons from those who wish to do us harm.

As the home to the nations finest helicopter developer, I am confident that Connecticut will continue to play a central role in updating the nations helicopter fleet. Sikorskys record of success in developing cutting edge defense technologies makes them an unmatched leader in the field. I will continue to support the hardworking men and women of Connecticut who are working to deliver the best helicopters in the world to our military and with this amendment, I am proud to help keep these jobs in the state.

Currently, the Vietnam-era UH-1N helicopters are responsible for securing three missile fields covering an area of approximately 32,000 square miles. These helicopters must be able to respond to an imminent threat to the missile fields in a moments notice.

The Zinke-Schweikert-DeLauro Amendment to the FY 2017 Defense Bill provided $80 million for the Air Forces UH-1N Huey helicopters replacement program, which currently provides security for the nations nuclear ICBM sites. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) stated June 15, 2016 The United States is facing a critical national security threat with our aging Vietnam-era helicopter fleet and we must deal with it and in short order. My amendment provides funding so the Air Force can move forward with urgency to replace the UH-1Ns. We cannot afford to delay.

As the home to the nations finest helicopter developer, I am confident that Connecticut will continue to play a central role in updating the nations helicopter fleet. Sikorskys UH-60M Black Hawk is the only helicopter currently available that can meet the requirements and be purchased this year. Men and women across Connecticut are working hard to deliver the best helicopters in the world to our military, and with this amendment I will continue to fight to keep these jobs in Stratford.




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