The BLACK HAWK® multirole helicopter serves with the U.S. military and the armed forces of 34 other countries worldwide as a tough, reliable utility helicopter.
During the last 40 years, this remarkable aircraft has fought its way in and out of countless combat zones to deliver and extract troops, save lives as a MEDEVAC or casualty evacuation platform, provide critical supplies to troops, deliver emergency supplies during natural disasters, and perform as an aerial firefighter and border patroller.
Now the modern variant of this utility aircraft is taking on a new mission set — as an Armed Helicopter to provide fire suppression when supporting ground troops, as well as armed escort. With digital avionics, powerful GE engines, high strength airframe structures and composite wide chord rotor blades, today’s BLACK HAWK platform has better survivability and situational awareness, and can fly higher and carry more than its predecessors ever did.
More than 4,000 BLACK HAWK aircraft of all types are in service worldwide today. The U.S. Army is the largest operator with 2,135 H-60 designated aircraft. The same aircraft sold internationally direct from Sikorsky acquires the S-70 designation.
At 9,979 kg / 22,000 lbs. max. gross weight, the utility version of the BLACK HAWK helicopter transports 12 fully equipped, seated troops into the heat of battle. Within the following mission sets, Sikorsky can further customize to specific requirements.
Internal / External Lift
Search and Rescue
Armed BLACK HAWK®
Advanced Weapon System for Attack Missions
The advanced weapon system for BLACK HAWK helicopters allows pilots to identify and engage static or moving targets with forward firing guns, rockets and laser-designated air-to-ground missiles.
HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter
Proven Design. Long Range, Survivable, and Lethal.
A New H-60 for the Most Demanding Missions
Building on the state-of-the-art UH-60M BLACK HAWK, the HH-60W “Whiskey” adds capability advancements to better support the full range of combat rescue and other special missions.
Over 35 Years of Technical Advancement
Available from the U.S. Government, the UH-60M helicopter culminates more than 35 years of technological advancement, improved performance and real world operational experience. Digital avionics and autopilot reduce pilot workload while enhancing situational awareness. Wide chord blades and increased power from the two GE engines give ‘Mike’ aircraft additional lift and range capability.
Global, Affordable, Proven
S-70 BLACK HAWK aircraft are available direct from Sikorsky in the United States or from its European factory in Poland. Airframe and systems are virtually identical to the UH-60M model. Customers can order aircraft with mission sets and features customized to specific preferences. Swap out most mission sets in less than 60 minutes – or transform into an armed helicopter in less than a day.
Expanding Mission Effectiveness for Your BLACK HAWK Helicopter
As a Lockheed Martin company, Sikorsky can now offer international customers via direct commercial sale a BLACK HAWK helicopter integrated with guns, rockets and missiles.
Armed solutions are scalable – from crew served door guns to a fully integrated weapons system controlled from the cockpit by either pilot. Configurations tailored to customer preferences allow the aircraft to provide fire suppression, support ground troop, become an armed escort, or perform armed assault missions.
A Proven Legacy
Launched in 2012, the Sikorsky Training Academy’s (STA) innovative hands-on training approach is unlike any other BLACK HAWK training facility. By offering the ultimate hands-on training experience, STA has the capability to develop pilots, crewmembers, and maintainers into highly skilled BLACK HAWK crews.