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  • Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk) Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter

    The HH-60 Pave Hawk is the US Air Force version of the UH-60 Black Hawk of the US Army, modified for aircrew search and rescue in all weather situations.

     Updated: 6/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The HH-60 Pave Hawk series of all-weather day/night transport helicopters is an Air Force version of the successful UH-60 Black Hawk series. The HH-60 in Air Force service is charged - though not limited to - with the rescue of downed airmen or the insertion of special forces units behind enemy lines and has also been called upon to serve in humanitarian situations. The HH-60 is a reliable and adaptable system that has seen service since its induction and will continue to do so for the near future.

    While based on the US Army Black Hawk helicopter, the HH-60 Pave Hawk features a slew of upgraded systems that make it distinct to Air Force usage. In particular, the Pave Hawk maintains several systems designed with night operations in mind that include night vision, forward-looking infra-red and an automatic flight control system. An in-flight retractable probe is also provided for extended operations time. For aircrew rescue, the Pave Hawk fields a retractable hoist system and specialized communications and location equipment.

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    Sikorsky HH-60G (Pave Hawk) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1991
    Type: Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): United Technologies / Sikorsky Aircraft Company - USA
    Production Total: 105

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 4
    Length: 56.10 feet (17.1 meters)
    Width: 46.26 feet (14.10 meters)
    Height: 16.73 feet (5.10 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 16,006 lb (7,260 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 21,826 lb (9,900 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x General Electric T700-GE-700 or T700-GE-701C engines developing 1,630 shaft horsepower each driving a four-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.

    Maximum Speed: 183 mph (294 kph; 159 knots)
    Maximum Range: 445 miles (716 km)
    Service Ceiling: 13,999 feet (4,267 meters; 2.65 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    Various. Dependent upon mission requirements. Self-defense armament can include the following:

    2 x 7.62mm M134 miniguns OR 2 x 12.7mm GAU-18/A miniguns in side fuselage mounts.

    Global Operators / Customers

    South Korea; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    HH-60 - Base Series Designation

    HH-60A - Rescue helicopter prototype based on the UH-60A transport.

    HH-60D "Night Hawk" - USAF Combat rescue helicopter prototype.

    HH-60E - Proposed USAF Search and Rescue (SAR) variant.

    HH-60G "Pave Hawk" - USAF SAR variant

    MH-60G "Pave Hawk" - SPECOPS SAR variant

    HH-60H "Rescue Hawk"

    "Maple Hawk" - Proposed SAR variant for Canadian armed forces.


    HH-60P "Pave Hawk" - Combat SAR model for South Korea; FLIR capable; increased fuel stores for improved operational ranges.

    HH-60W - HH-60G replacement model; combat rescue helicopter.