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Special Forces Direct-Action Penetrator (DAP) Helicopter (1990)


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The Sikorsky MH-60L Razors Edge SPECOPS helicopter, bristling with impressive armament, was featured in the Battle of Mogadishu.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/20/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Sikorsky UH-60 "Blackhawk" military transport helicopter was taken into American service in 1979 and quickly established itself as the go-to rotorcraft for the U.S. Army and other branches. In time, the type was evolved to cover other over-battlefield roles including anti-ship / anti-submarine, Search and Rescue (SAR), MEDEVAC, and SPECial forces OPerationS (SPECOPS). The line was progressing evolved throughout its life, resulting in many notable offshoots of the base line.

The UH-60L became an improved form of the UH-60 series and was ordered by the United States Army in 1987. The new variant took on all of the improvements added to the later UH-60A marks but also enhanced lifting power and performance thanks, in large part, to the installation of upgraded T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines tied to an improved transmission system. The arrangement was the same as proven in the SH-60B "Seahawk" offshoot and the UH-60L's Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), as well as the folding main rotor blades, were also taken from this navalized, over-water form. The UH-60L mark entered production in 1989 and the run ended in 2007.

The MH-60L arrived as a special operations form of the UH-60L production model. The mark was a specially-modified, special-mission Blackhawk to serve the United States Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), better known as the "Night Stalkers", and was taken into service pending the arrival of the improved MH-60K mark. SOAR MH-60L helicopters incorporated Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLIR), a laser-rangefinder / target designator capability, auxiliary fuel system, and full-color weather map. In 2003, ten of the stock of thirty-seven MH-60Ls were given in-flight refueling probes (starboard side) to extended operational ranges.

SN 90-26288 "Super 68", also known as "Razor's Edge", was one of the UH-60L/MH-60L lot, a special forces model assigned to the 160th SOAR and modified as a Direct Action Penetrator (DAP) - intended to assist SPECOPs forces through direct-contact / direct-action in contested areas. It was delivered in 1990 and, like other Blackhawk marks, was progressively upgraded throughout its service life eventually seeing action in the Battle of Mogadishu and its subsequent "Blackhawk Down" scenario ("Operation Gothic Serpent"). Super 68 was one of the three Blackhawk systems claimed by enemy forces during the operation.

Retaining much of the form and function of the UH-60L/MH-60L lines, Razor's Edge was outfitted with specialized mission equipment that included a winch (located at the starboard side door), CounterMeasures (CMs), engine exhaust covers to reduce noise and IR output. The nose assembly sported a protrusion housing radar and a sensor pack was fitted to a "chin blister" offering excellent traversal from centerline from under the nose. The in-flight refueling capability, made possible by the large probe set to the lower side of the forward fuselage, allowed the specialized Blackhawk form to go beyond the range of a standard Blackhawk transport.

Razor's Edge / Super 68 was a fully-armed SPECOPs platform, given a 19-shot rocket pod along its starboard side, a 30mm automatic cannon along its port side, and a pair of 7.62mm electrically-driven miniguns at either fuselage side in fixed, forward-firing mounts. The helicopter was also known to mount AGM-114 "Hellfire" Anti-Tank, Guided-Missiles (ATGMs) as well as the "Stinger" short-ranged Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) based on mission need. The systems were affixed to the aircraft by way of wingstubs and support mounts, giving the helicopter the capability to deal with nearly any battlefield threat it may face.

The helicopter now resides at the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama where it was introduced into the collection during the latter part of 2013. It had served its entire operational life with the 160th SOAR.

Specifications



Service Year
1990

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
3

Production
1
UNITS


Sikorsky Aircraft - USA
National flag of the United States United States (retired)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Special Forces
Serving Special Forces / Special Operations elements and missions.


VERTICAL TAKE-OFF / LANDING (VTOL)
Series has a tactical capability to take-off and / or land vertically, a quality commonly associated with helicopters.
RADAR-CAPABLE
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
COUNTERMEASURES
Survivability enhanced by way of onboard electronic or physical countermeasures enacted by the aircraft or pilot/crew.
ARMORING
Survivability enhanced by armor allocated to protect pilot / crewspaces and / or critical operating systems.
MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
A2A REFUELING
Capability to accept fuel from awaiting allied aircraft while in flight.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
CREW-MANAGED
Beyond a pilot, the aircraft takes advantage of additional crew specialized in specific functions aboard the aircraft.
GUN POSITIONS
Defensive gun positions for engagement / suppression.
ENCLOSED CREWSPACE(S)
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
ENHANCED ACCESS
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.


Length
66.4 ft
(20.25 m)
Width/Span
53.6 ft
(16.35 m)
Height
16.9 ft
(5.15 m)
Empty Wgt
12,346 lb
(5,600 kg)
MTOW
26,455 lb
(12,000 kg)
Wgt Diff
+14,110 lb
(+6,400 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Sikorsky MH-60L Razors Edge production variant)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
High-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertains to the Sikorsky MH-60L Razors Edge production variant)
Installed: 2 x General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines developing 1,890 horsepower driving a four-bladed main rotor unit and four-bladed tail rotor unit (facing staboard side).
Max Speed
103 mph
(165 kph | 89 kts)
Ceiling
20,013 ft
(6,100 m | 4 mi)
Range
1,398 mi
(2,250 km | 4,167 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,450 ft/min
(442 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Sikorsky MH-60L Razors Edge production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
1 x 30mm Automatic cannon at port side mounting.
1 x 19-shot Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket (FFAR) rocket pod at starboard side mounting.
2 x 7.62mm M134 General Electric miniguns in side-fuselage mountings (one gun per side); fixed-forward-firing.

Also (Mission-Specific):
2 to 4 x AGM-114 "Hellfire" Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs).
2 to 4 x FIM-92 "Stinger" short-ranged Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs).

Also any personal weapons carried by the passengers.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft automatic cannon
Graphical image of an aircraft Gatling-style rotating gun
Graphical image of an air-to-air missile weapon
Graphical image of a short-range air-to-air missile
Graphical image of an aircraft air-to-surface missile
Graphical image of an aircraft anti-tank guided missile
Graphical image of aircraft aerial rockets
Graphical image of an aircraft rocket pod


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 4
Mounting Points




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7
5
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4
6
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HARDPOINT(S) KEY:
X

15
13
11
9
7
5
3
1
2
4
6
8
10
12
14


COLOR KEY:
Fuselage Centerline
Fuselage Port/Wingroot
Fuselage Starboard/Wingroot
Wing/Underwing
Wingtip Mount(s)
Internal Bay(s)
Not Used

Note: Diagram above does not take into account inline hardpoints (mounting positions seated one-behind-the-other).


MH-60L (UH-60L) "Razor's Edge" / "Super 68" - Base Designation.


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