Sikorsky HH-60U Black Hawk

Sikorsky’s offering to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter fleet

Guarding and protecting
the most critical national security missions


Guarding and protecting the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch sites across the Great Plains requires specially trained tactical security teams on constant standby — and a fleet of combat ready and survivable U.S. Air Force helicopters to get them where they need to be.

For this critical national security mission, Sikorsky proposes a variant of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter — designated HH-60U — already in the Air Force inventory. ‘HH-60U’ is the U.S. Air Force’s designation for their fleet of slightly modified UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft acquired in 2011.

An HH-60U fleet of up to 84 aircraft also would provide secure and survivable emergency transport to support Continuity of Government Operations transport in Washington, D.C.


The HH-60U

Sikorsky proposes additional HH-60U aircraft for the UH-1N Huey Replacement Program configured with four already-qualified mission kits:


Electro-optical / infrared imaging sensor


Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System
(FRIES) bar


Rescue hoist


200 gallon internal auxiliary fuel tank



Mission Requirements

The Sikorsky HH-60U meets and exceeds performance requirements of the Air Force UH-1N Huey Replacement Program for the following missions:

  • Emergency Security Response – Unobstructed cabin space for nine Security Forces specialists, their gear, and ESR mission equipment box, plus two special mission aviators.

  • Convoy Escort – Endurance, armament and survivability to escort the missile security force team.

  • Continuation of Operations Airlift – Crashworthy cabin seating for 8 VIPs and two special mission aviators.

Superior Capability

Only the HH-60U Black Hawk helicopter meets modern U.S. military standards and U.S. Air Force requirements for:


Superior Value

The HH-60U Black Hawk platform is unique among its competitors seeking to replace the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet for reasons of commonality and significant cost savings that will endure for decades to come.


85% Commonality to
USAF HH-60W Fleet
(100% for dynamic components)


Single depot to
maintain common fleet


Optimize maintenance
manpower for common fleet


Optimize spare support
for common fleet


Consolidated training program


Leverage common platform
to reduce cost of future
growth capabilities




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