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Sikorsky MH-60L/UH-60L (Razors Edge/Super 68)


Special Forces Direct-Action Penetrator (DAP) Helicopter


United States | 1990



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

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Sikorsky MH-60L Razors Edge Special Forces Direct-Action Penetrator (DAP) Helicopter.
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).
Propulsion
103 mph
165 kph | 89 kts
Max Speed
20,013 ft
6,100 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
1,398 miles
2,250 km | 1,215 nm
Operational Range
1,450 ft/min
442 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Sikorsky MH-60L Razors Edge Special Forces Direct-Action Penetrator (DAP) Helicopter.
3
(MANNED)
Crew
66.4 ft
20.25 m
O/A Length
53.6 ft
(16.35 m)
O/A Width
16.9 ft
(5.15 m)
O/A Height
12,346 lb
(5,600 kg)
Empty Weight
26,455 lb
(12,000 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Sikorsky MH-60L/UH-60L (Razors Edge/Super 68) Special Forces Direct-Action Penetrator (DAP) Helicopter provided across 4 hardpoints.
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.


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X
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X
Hardpoints Key:


Centerline
Wingroot(L)
Wingroot(R)
Wing
Wingtip
Internal
Not Used
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Sikorsky MH-60L/UH-60L (Razors Edge/Super 68) family line.
MH-60L (UH-60L) "Razor's Edge" / "Super 68" - Base Designation.


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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.

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Contractor(s): Sikorsky Aircraft - USA
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