Weapons; and the AAS-44C infrared sensor system. Additionally,
the mission kit gives the crew capability to fire the M240 7.62mm
guns from the port and starboard gunners’ windows and GAU- 21
.50-caliber guns from the port and starboard cabin doors. The
armed MH-60S reached IOC in 2007 and was deployed for the
first time in January 2009 with HSC- 8.
The MH-60S also serves as a search-and-rescue aircraft at
several naval air stations.
Production of all 275 U.S. Navy MH-60S aircraft is expected
to be complete in December 2015; 258 MH-60Ss had been delivered to the U.S. Navy by October 2014. The Royal Thai Navy
also has purchased two MH-60s.
BRIEFING: The SH-60B, known as the Light Airborne
Multipurpose System Mk III, is deployed on cruisers, destroyers, frigates and occasionally on aircraft carriers and littoral
combat ships. It provides all-weather capability for the detection, classification, localization, interdiction and attack of surface ships and submarines, as well as over-the-horizon targeting.
It is equipped with the APS- 124 surface-search radar, ALQ- 142
electronic surveillance measures system, AQS- 81 magnetic
anomaly detection system, sonobuoys and the UYS- 1 acoustic
processor. Many are equipped with the AAS- 44 Generation 2
infrared sensor, Hellfire missiles and crew-served weapons. Its
secondary missions include search and rescue, medical evacua-
tion, fleet support and communications relay.
Operational since 1984, the SH-60B serves in two active and
one Reserve HSL squadrons. As of October 2014, 17 SH-60Bs
remained in Navy service. The SH-60B, expected to remain in
service until 2016, is being replaced by the MH-60R.
BRIEFING: The SH-60F is equipped with the AQS-13F dipping
sonar, sonobuoys and carries up to three torpedoes. As the Navy’s
carrier ASW helicopter, the SH-60F operates to protect the inner
zone of a carrier battle group from submarine attacks. This platform also carries out such secondary missions as search and rescue, medical evacuation, vertical replenishment and fleet support.
Operational since 1989, the SH-60F serves in one operational HS squadron and one HSC readiness squadron. There are
approximately six SH-60Fs in the Navy inventory and one NSH-
60F. The SH-60F is expected to remain in Navy service until
2016 as it is being replaced in its roles by the MH-60R and MH-
60S. Two SH-60Fs have been sold to the Spanish Navy.
BRIEFING: The HH-60H operates as a strike rescue and special
operations aircraft, and is equipped with AAS- 44 Generation 2
infrared sensor, Hellfire missiles and crew-served weapons. This
platform also carries out such secondary missions as search and
rescue, medical evacuation, vertical replenishment and fleet
support. Operational since 1990, there are 35 HH-60Hs in the
Navy inventory that serve in one HS squadron, one HSC readiness squadron and two Reserve HSC squadrons.
SH-60F SEAHAWK WITH USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT