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USAF Fact Sheet 95-28

MH-60G Pave Hawk


USAF photo by SMSgt Rose Reynolds

Mission

The MH-60G's primary wartime missions are infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces in day, night or marginal weather conditions. Other missions include combat search and rescue.

Features

The MH-60G is equipped with an all-weather radar which enables the crew to avoid inclement weather. To extend their range, Pave Hawks are equipped with a retractable in-flight refueling probe and internal auxiliary fuel tanks. Pave Hawks are equipped with a rescue hoist with a 200-foot (60.7 meters) cable and 600-pound (270 kilograms) lift capacity.

All MH-60G's have an automatic flight control system to stabilize the aircraft in typical flight altitudes. They also have instrumentation and engine and rotor blade anti-ice systems for all-weather operation. The non-retractable landing gear consists of two main landing gears and a tail wheel. Aft sliding doors on each side of the troop and cargo compartment allow rapid loading and unloading.

External loads can be carried on an 8,000-pound (3,600 kilograms) capacity cargo hook. Pave Hawks are equipped with folding rotor blades and a tail stabilator for shipboard operations and to ease air transportability.

The Pave Hawk is equipped with two crew-served 7.62mm miniguns mounted in the cabin windows. Also, two .50 caliber machine guns can be mounted in the cabin doors. The Pave Hawk can be equipped with the external stores support system. The aircraft can also carry eight to 10 troops.

Background

The Pave Hawk is a twin-engine medium-lift helicopter operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command, a component of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

During Desert Storm, Pave Hawks provided combat recovery for coalition air forces in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Persian Gulf. They also provided emergency evacuation coverage for U.S. Navy sea, air and land (SEAL) teams penetrating the Kuwait coast before the invasion.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces in day, night or marginal weather conditions.

Builder: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Power Plant: Two General Electric T700-GE-01C engines

Thrust: 1,630 shaft horsepower, each engine

Length: 64 feet, 8 inches (17.1 meters)

Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (4.4 meters)

Rotary Diameter: 53 feet, 7 inches (14.1 meters)

Speed: 184 mph (294.4 kph)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 22,000 pounds (9,900 kilograms)

Range: 445 statute miles; 504 nautical miles (unlimited with air refueling)

Armament: Two 7.62mm mini-guns

Unit Cost: $10.1 million (1992 dollars)

Crew: Two pilots, one flight engineer and one gunner

Date Deployed: 1982

Inventory: Active force, 10; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0

Point of Contact

Air Force Special Operations Command,Public Affairs Office; 100 Bartley Street; Hurlburt Field, Fla. 32544-5273; DSN 579-5515 or (904) 884-5515.

December 1995


Above Information Courtesy of United States Air Force

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