|The UH-60 is a
twin-engine, medium lift, utility and assault helicopter.
The Army's UH-60L Black Hawk (and the versions of the other services)
is a twin-engine, medium lift helicopter. It is used for troop
transport, cargo lift, anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug
interdiction, anti-ship warfare and special operations. Each variation
is equipped for the specific needs of its service. For example, the
Navy's SH-60B Seahawk is an airborne platform for a weapon system that
deploys sonorbouys (sonic detectors) and torpedoes in an antisubmarine
role. Some versions, such as the Air Force's MH-60G Pave Hawk and the
Coast Guard's HH-60J Jayhawk, are equipped with a rescue hoist with a
250 foot (75 meter) cable that has a 600 pound (270 kg) lift
capability, and a retractable in-flight refueling probe. The Army's
UH-60L Black Hawk can carry 11 soldiers or 2,600 pounds (1,170 kg) of
cargo or sling load 9,000 pounds (4,050 kg) of cargo.
The UH-60 Black Hawk was fielded by the Army in 1979. The Navy received
the SH-60B Seahawk in 1983 and the HH-60H in 1988. The Air Force
received the MH-60G Pave Hawk in 1982 while the Coast Guard received
the HH-60J Jayhawk in 1992. The unit cost varies with the version. For
example, the unit cost of the Army's UH-60L Black Hawk is $5.9 million
while the unit cost of the Air Force MH-60G Pave Hawk is $10.2 million.