Specifications for the
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
Ship-based Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter
Focus Model: Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Sikorsky - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1961
Production Total: 1,100
Crew: 4 + 3
Length: 54.76 ft (16.69 m)
Width: 0.00 ft (0.00 m)
Height: 16.83ft (5.13 m)
Weight (Empty): 11,865 lb (5,382 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 21,499 lb (9,752 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x General Electric T58-GE-10 turboshaft engines developing 1,400shp each and driving a five-blade main rotor and five-blade tail rotor.
Maximum Speed: 166 mph (267 kmh; 144 kts)
Maximum Range: 624 miles (1,005 km)
Service Ceiling: 14,701 ft (4,481 m; 2.8 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 0 feet-per-minute (0 m/min)
Varies depending on operator:
2 OR 4 x Mk 46/44 torpedoes
2 x anti-ship missiles
4 x depth charges
Up to 840lbs of ordnance and equipment. Door guns optional on some models.
XHSS S-2 Single Example Prototype of the H-3
YHS S-2 Development and Test Aircraft; seven examples produced.
S-61 - Sikorsky Company Designation
S-61A Export Designation for Royal Danish AF usage
S-61A Nuri Export Designation for Malaysian AF usage; dedicated troop transport; seating for 31.
S-61A/AH Utility Model for Antarctica sear and rescue (SAR) operations
S-61B Export Designation for Japanese MSDF usage; based on SH-3 model; anti-submarine warfare version.
S-61D-3 Export Model Designation for Brazil
S-61D-4 Export Model Designation for Argentina
S-61NR Search and rescue (SAR) model for Argentine usage.
S-61L/N Civilian Model of the Sea King
S-61R Sikorsky company designation for CH-3C/E and HH-3E Jolly Green Giant models serving with USAF, USCG and Italian forces.
S-61V Single Example Model produced for Indonesia; Sikorsky company designation for VH-3A.
HSS-2 - Original Production Series Designation
CH-3A USAF Dedicated Transport Model; conversions from SH-3A models; 3 examples converted as such.
CH-3B USAF Dedicated Transport Model
CH-124 Canadian Naval Model; anti-submarine warfare version
HH-3A SH-3A model conversions to search and rescue (SAR) aircraft; 12 examples converted as such.
NH-3A (S-61F) Experimental Variant conversion from SH-3A model; fitted with turbojet engines and wing structures; single example model.
RH-3A Dedicated Minesweeper; 9 examples converted from SH-3A.
SH-3A - Initial Production Model; dedicated anti-submarine warfare model; fitted with T58-GE8B turboshaft engines of 1,260 horsepower; 245 examples produced.
SH-3D - Upgraded SH-3 Model
SH-3D-TS Anti-Submarine Warfare Model
SH-3G Utility/Cargo Model for US Navy
SH-3H - Multirole/General Purpose Anti-Submarine Model; dipping sonar; MAD gear; search radar; for US Navy
SH-3H AEW Airborne Early Warning Model.
UH-3H Utility/Cargo Transport Model for US Navy
VH-3A US Army and Marines VIP Transport Model
VH-3D US Marine Corps VIP Transport Model
AS-61/ASH-3 - Agusta Production Designation built under license in Italy.
AS-61A-1 Italian Export Model Designation for Royal Malaysian AF use.
AS-61A-4 Agusta license production model; search and rescue and military transport model.
AS-61N-1 Silver Agusta License Production Model of the S-61N but with shorter cabin area.
AS-61VIP Agusta license production model; VIP passenger transport model.
ASH-3A Agusta license production model; multi-purpose utility transport model.
ASH-3D Agusta license production model; anti-submarine warfare version
ASH-3TS (ASH-3D/TS) Agusta license production executive VIP transport model.
ASH-3H Agusta license production model; anti-submarine warfare version
Sea King HAS.Mk 1 - Initial Sea King production model produced under license by Westland in the United Kingdom based on a re-engined SH-3D model; fitted with 2 x Rolls-Royce H.1400 Gnome series engines.
Sea King HAS.Mk 2 Westland license production
Sea King HAS.Mk 5 Westland license production
Sea King HAS.Mk 6 Westland license production
Sea King AEW.Mk 2A Westland license production; dedicated AEW variant; conversion of HAS.Mk 2 models.
Sea King AEW.Mk 5 Westland license production; dedicated AEW variant; conversion of HAS.Mk 5 models.
Sea King AEW.Mk 7 Westland license production; dedicated AEW variant; conversion of HAS.Mk 5 models.
Sea King HAR.Mk 3 Westland license production; search and rescue (SAR) derivative.
Sea King HAR.Mk 3A Westland license production; search and rescue (SAR) derivative.
S-61A Mitsubishi license production; based on S-61A model; search and rescue and utility platform.
HSS-2 Mitsubishi license production; based on the S-61B model; anti-submarine warfare series.
HSS-2A Mitsubishi license production; based on the S-61B(SH-3D) model; anti-submarine warfare series.
HSS-2B Mitsubishi license production; based on the S-61B(SH-3H) model; anti-submarine warfare series.
Argentina; Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Denmark; Egypt; Germany; India; Iran; Iraq; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Malaysia, Norway; Pakistan; Peru; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Spain; Thailand; Venezuela; United Kingdom; United States