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The MH-60S Knighthawk missions are Anti-Surface Warfare, Vertical Replenishment at Sea, Humanitarian Disaster Relief, Search and Rescue, Combat Search and Rescue, Aero Medical Evacuation, SPECWAR, Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures, and Logistical support.


The MH-60S replaced the aging fleet of H-46D and H-60F/H helicopters, which led to significant reductions in costs for the Navy by reducing the amount of helicopter types used. The MH-60S with its glass cockpit incorporates active matrix liquid crystal displays, used to give the pilot and co-pilot greater situational awareness. A major design of the MH-60S is a “common cockpit,” which is shared with the new MH-60R. This will allow a pilot to shift from one aircraft to another with minimal re-training.


Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Systems
Date Deployed: 2002
Propulsion: 2-GE T700-GE-401 (C)
Length: 64 feet, 10 inches
Height: 17 feet
Weight: 14,430 lbs (empty), 23,500 lbs (max gross)
Airspeed: 180 knots (max)
Ceiling: 13,000 feet
Range: 245 Nautical Miles
Crew: Four
Weapons: M197 gatling gun, M240 and GAU-21 machine guns, AGM-114 Hellfire missles, and APKWS rockets.

Program Status

Production: In production
Inventory: 223
Projected Inventory: 275
Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) date: 2002
Operational Capabilities (FOC) date: 2010