Born a Black Hawk, the Firehawk® helicopter relies on its proven military design to endure the unrelenting physical stresses demanded of the aerial firefighting and utility missions.
The Firehawk platform takes on its unique mission set with the following modifications: a single pilot operated cockpit, a medically-configured interior, a 1,000-gallon belly water tank, extended landing gear and a rescue hoist.
In this configuration, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department has proven the operational performance of its Firehawk helicopters since 2000 to save untold lives and properties.
For 2018, the Firehawk platform will be based on Sikorsky’s S-70i helicopter variant, a third generation Black Hawk with increased engine power, speed, maneuverability, higher altitude operations and improved mission availability.
Insert up to 11 wildland firefighters and their gear at the edge of the fire line.
Precision water drop
Siphon, carry and release up to 8,000 pounds of water (1,000 gallons) in the aircraft’s belly tank. Drop water with high accuracy to dampen flames and help your ground firefighters advance.
Hoist residents to safety in a Stokes basket or rescue strop. Use the cargo hook to rescue livestock from otherwise inaccessible locations, such as remote canyons.
Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief
Carry 4,080 kg/9,000 lbs. of supplies as internal pallets or as an external sling load via the cargo hook.
Emergency medical transport
Give critical first responder patient care in the medically equipped cabin.