MH-60 Numbers Add Up for Navy
Navy, Sikorsky celebrate production milestones for the MH-60R and MH-60S SEAHAWK®
For the U.S. Navy, the math is rather simple. The MH-60R plus the MH-60S SEAHAWK® multi-mission helicopters equals greater capability. These two aircraft enable the Navy to do more with less by performing the missions it once took six different helicopters to execute.
The numbers improved even more on recently as the Navy joined Sikorsky Aircraft in celebrating the production of the 100th MH-60R and the 200th MH-60S SEAHAWK at the company’s Stratford, Conn., facility.
“MH-60 helicopters perform an important role protecting the fleet and its sailors, and performing a host of multi-mission operations,” said Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, vice commander, U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command. “Our Navy pilots and crew fly with the knowledge that these aircraft not only are proven operationally at sea, but are made by a company with a proven track record of helicopter manufacturing excellence.”
The Navy has accumulated 365,000 flight hours on MH-60S aircraft since operations began in 2002 and 80,000 flight hours for the MH-60R helicopter since 2006.
MH-60S aircraft conduct missions previously performed by CH-46D, UH-3H, HH-1N and HH-60H helicopters — carrying supplies and sailors between ships, performing search and rescue, protecting ships with air-to-surface missiles, and as a future mission will hunt for mines. The MH-60R, with radar, acoustic sonar, sophisticated communications links, torpedoes and missiles, combines the anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare roles performed by the SH-60B and SH-60F SEAHAWK helicopters.
“We are immensely proud of our prime role building the U.S. Navy’s most advanced maritime helicopters,” said Dennis Jarvi, Sikorsky vice president for Navy and Marine Corps programs. “Our skilled and dedicated workforce, and our many industry teammates, apply their significant experience to assist the Navy in achieving mission success with each and every MH-60 aircraft.”
The new MH-60 helicopters have special coatings to resist salt corrosion, strengthened airframes and systems that reduce vibrations and monitor aircraft performance. Both aircraft types feature the same digital cockpit manufactured by Lockheed Martin.