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SH-60B

Specifications
Model H-60B
Contractor Loral Federal Systems (Prime), Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Type Maritime twin-turbine helicopter with folding single main rotor and tail rotor dynamic system
Operating Length 64' 10"
Operating Width 53' 08"
Operating Height 17' 02"
Folded Length 41' 06"
Folded Width 10' 09"
Folded Height 13' 03"
Main Rotor Diameter 53' 08"
Tail Rotor Diameter 11' 00"
Mission Gross Weight
  • 21,110 lb Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
  • 19,226 lb Anti-Ship Surveillance and Targeting (ASST)
  • 21,884 lb Maximum Take-off Gross Weight
  • Engines
  • Two General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines
  • coupled to a 3,400 shaft horsepower transmission
  • Each engine can produce 1,662 shaft horsepower
  • Auxiliary fuel tank1 internal, 1 external
    Mission endurance3.5 to 6 hrs
    4.20 hours [Sea Level, Tropical Day, No Wind]
    Dash speed 133 knots [Sea Level, Tropical Day, Max Continuous Power]
    Weapons
  • Three external store stations
  • two MK-46/50 torpedoes
  • one AGM-119B Penguin air-to-surface missile
  • Countermeasures Not applicable
    Crew 4
  • Pilot
  • Airborne Tactical Office/Copilot
  • Sensor Operator
  • Mission and Capabilities
  • Combat-capable, multi-mission helicopter
  • Currently operates from U.S. Navy frigates and cruisers
  • LAMPS (Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System) extends the ship's horizon of engagement by 100 nautical miles or more by providing an airborne platform from which all-weather detection, classification, localization, and interdiction of submarines and surface ships can be performed.
  • Missions include: Undersea Warfare (USW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), Anti-Ship Surveillance and Targeting (ASST), as well as utility missions such as vertical replenishment and communications relay.
  • Equipped with radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Global Positioning System (GPS), acoustic sensing, and on-board mission and acoustic processors.
  • Has a secure, dedicated, high-speed data link.
  • Although processing of acoustic, ESM, and sensor data can be performed aboard the aircraft, LAMPS uses the data link for real-time communication between ship and air platforms, which minimizes verbal interface and significantly increases combat effectiveness.
  • Airframe has enhanced corrosion protection, an emergency flotation system, a rescue hoist, and a 6,000 pound external cargo hook.
  • Shipboard compatibility is enhanced with automatic blade fold, manual tail pylon fold, and a Recovery, Assist, Secure, and Traversing (RAST) system.
  • An automatic flight control system provides redundant stability augmentation and autopilot capabilities.
  • Expanded night capabilities will be provided with the Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) system (available in 1996).
  • Program Summary
  • First production contract signed in 1980.
  • In 1989, a Block I improvement program resulted in the full system integration of GPS, self-defense systems, Penguin missile, MK-50 torpedo, and an improved sonobuoy receiver.


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