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Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter
The Blackhawk Utility Helicopter (UH-60A/L) is the U.S. military utility and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter.
Sikorsky UH-60A/L Blackhawk Helicopter
The Sikorsky UH-60A/L Blackhawk Helicopter provides Commanders with rapid and agile maneuver capability through air assault, general support, Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) and MEDEVAC. The UH-60 provides lift of troops, weapon systems, supplies and equipment. In the A2C2S role, it provides full joint and combined interoperability with other Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance elements to Commanders at all echelons.
The UH-60A/L is a twin-engine, dual-seat helicopter requiring a minimum crew of a pilot and copilot. It is designed to carry 11 combat-loaded air assault troops (seats installed). It can move a 105-millimeter howitzer and 30 rounds of ammunition. The UH-60A/L is equipped with a full instrument package and is certified for instrument meteorological conditions as well as day and NVG operations. In addition to its basic configuration, the UH-60A/L includes kit installations that provide the capability for rescue hoist, extended-range fuel, and casualty evacuation operations. The UH-60L is powered by upgraded engines and has an improved durability gearbox.
The UH-60 is also utilized in support of homeland security and natural disaster relief operations, such as fire suppression, personnel recovery and key personnel transport.
UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Models
The Army began fielding the UH-60 in 1978, equipped with two General Electric T700-GE-700 1622 shp turboshaft engines. In October 1989, the engines were upgraded to two General Electric T700-GE-701C 1890 shp turboshaft engines, and an improved durability gear box was added, with model designation change from UH-60A to UH-60L. With one of the most extensive helicopter programs in the world, in addition to the list of variants above, there are many more UH-60 specialized versions, prototypes and custom developments.
UH-60 Blackhawk Specifications and Performance