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Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk)


Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter


United States | 1991



"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."



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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.

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.

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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.

March 2019 - Plans are underway by Sikorsky to have a first-flight recorded by year-end for one of the two completed HH-60W prototypes of the oft-delayed HH-60W program. These are still set to replace an aging fleet of HH-60G models which have, or are nearing, their airframe lives in service (about 6,000 hours).

May 2019 - An HH-60W prototype flew for the first time on May 17th, 2019, at Sikorsky facilities of West Palm Beach, Florida. Production on the new type could begin as soon as September 2019.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Sikorsky HH-60G (Pave Hawk) Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter .
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.
Propulsion
183 mph
294 kph | 159 kts
Max Speed
13,999 ft
4,267 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
445 miles
716 km | 387 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Sikorsky HH-60G (Pave Hawk) Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter .
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(MANNED)
Crew
56.1 ft
17.10 m
O/A Length
46.3 ft
(14.10 m)
O/A Width
16.7 ft
(5.10 m)
O/A Height
16,006 lb
(7,260 kg)
Empty Weight
21,826 lb
(9,900 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk) Combat Search and Rescue / Military Operations Helicopter .
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
Notable series variants as part of the Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk) family line.
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.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Sikorsky HH-60 (Pave Hawk). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 105 Units

Contractor(s): United Technologies / Sikorsky Aircraft Company - USA
National flag of South Korea National flag of the United States

[ South Korea; United States ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (183mph).

Graph Average of 150 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
105
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44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
TRANSPORT
SPECIAL FORCES
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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