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Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk)

United States (1991)
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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.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk) Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter .  Entry last updated on 7/23/2017. 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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Power for the Pave Hawk is derived from two General Electric brand T700-GE-700 or T700-GE-701C model engines generating some 1,560 to 1,940 shaft horsepower each. The engines rotate a four-blade main rotor and a four-blade tail rotor while offering speeds of up to 184 miles per hour with a ceiling of 14,000 feet. Standard crew accommodations amount to four personnel that includes two pilots, a flight engineer and a gunner. Additional seating or room for medical litters is provided in the cabin. Armament for the Pave Hawk is made mission specific and can include two machine guns in either the 7.62mm form or the heavy caliber 12.7mm.

Classified as a medium-lift helicopter, the system has already seen service through Panama, Desert Storm and beyond, covering recovery efforts in Africa, the Middle East and the US Gulf region after the hurricanes of 2005. As of this writing, the United States Air Force maintains 64 active Pave Hawks in inventory along with 23 held in reserve whilst the Air National Guard carries an additional 18. The HH-60 Pave Hawk currently serves in both Afghanistan and Iraq theaters of war.

June 2017 - The HH-60W is set to replace the aging stock of HH-60G models in service with the USAF. The procurement will cover some 112 aircraft for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (183mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 1991
Type: Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): United Technologies / Sikorsky Aircraft Company - USA
Production: 105
Global Operators:
South Korea; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Sikorsky HH-60G (Pave Hawk) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
4


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
56.10 ft


Meters
17.1 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
46.26 ft


Meters
14.1 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
16.73 ft


Meters
5.1 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
16,006 lb


Kilograms
7,260 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
21,826 lb


Kilograms
9,900 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
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.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
183 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
294 kph


Knots
159 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
445 mi


Kilometers
716 km


Nautical Miles
387 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
13,999 ft


Meters
4,267 m


Miles
2.65 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• 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-60M
• 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.