The Authorities of Australia has requested to purchase forty (40) Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters; eighty-eight(88) T700-GE 701D engines (80 put in, 8 spares); forty-four (44) AN/AAR-57 Counter Missile Warning Methods (CMWS) (40 put in, 4 spares); and ninety-six (96) H-764U Embedded World Place Methods with Inertial Navigation (EGI) and Nation Distinctive SAASM (or future substitute) (80 put in, 16 spares). The proposed sale will exchange Australia’s present multi-role helicopter fleet with a extra dependable and confirmed system that can enable Australia to keep up the suitable degree of readiness to conduct mixed operations. The UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter will enhance the Australian Military’s skill to deploy fight energy to share Australia’s strategic setting, deter actions in opposition to its pursuits, and, when required, reply with credible pressure. Australia can have no problem absorbing this gear into its armed forces. The principal contractor might be Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, MD.

Additionally included are AN/ARC-231 RT-1808A SATCOM radios; APR-39C(V)1/4 Radar Warning Receivers; AVR-2B Laser Detecting Units; APX-123A Identification Pal or Foe Transponder; ARC-220 Excessive Frequency (HF) radio with KY-100M; VRC-100 Floor Stations; AN/PYQ-10 Easy Key Loader (SKL); KIV-77 Frequent Identification Pal or Foe (IFF) Applique Crypto Computer systems; AN/ARN-147(V) Very Excessive Frequency Omni-Directional Vary(VOR)/Instrument Touchdown System (ILS) receiver radio; AN/ARN-149(V) Low Frequency (LF)/Automated Course Finder (ADF) radio receiver; AN/ARN-153 Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) receiver transmitter: Encrypted Plane Wi-fi Intercommunications Methods (EAWIS); Improved Heads Up Show (IHUD); MX-10D EO/IR with Laser Designator; Ballistic Armor Safety Methods (BAPS); Inside Auxiliary Gas Tank Methods (IAFTS); Quick Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES); Exterior Rescue Hoist (ERH); Rescue Hoist Gear Units; Twin Affected person Litter System (DPLS) Units coaching units; helmets; transportation; organizational gear; spare and restore elements.


Australian Military’s sixth Aviation Regiment Black Hawk Utility Helicopter. (Photograph by CPL Dustin Anderson/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine, medium-lift utility navy helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Plane. Named after the Native American conflict chief Black Hawk, the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Military in 1979, to interchange the Bell UH-1 Iroquois because the Military’s tactical transport helicopter. The UH-60 options four-blade most important and tail rotors, and is powered by two Basic Electrical T700 turboshaft engines. The principle rotor is totally articulated and has elastomeric bearings within the rotor head. The helicopter has a protracted, low profile form to fulfill the Military’s requirement for transporting aboard a C-130 Hercules, with some disassembly. It could actually carry 11 troops with gear, raise 2,600 kilos (1,200 kg) of cargo internally or 9,000 kilos (4,100 kg) of cargo (for UH-60L/M) externally by sling. UH-60M Black Hawk is an improved design vast chord rotor blades, T700-GE-701D engines (max 2,000 shp or 1,500 kW every), improved sturdiness gearbox, Built-in Automobile Well being Administration System (IVHMS) laptop, and new glass cockpit. Manufacturing started in 2006.

Australia ordered fourteen S-70A-9 Black Hawks in 1986 and an extra twenty-five Black Hawks in 1987. The primary US produced Black Hawk was delivered in 1987 to the Royal Australian Air Pressure (RAAF). de Havilland Australia produced thirty-eight Black Hawks below license from Sikorsky in Australia delivering the primary in 1988 and the final in 1991. In 1989, the RAAF’s fleet of Black Hawks was transferred to the Australian Military. The Black Hawks noticed operational service in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor and Pakistan. In 2004, the federal government chosen the Multi-Function Helicopter (MRH-90) Taipan, a variant of the NHIndustries NH90, to interchange the Black Hawk although the Division of Defence had really helpful the S-70M Black Hawk. On 10 December 2021, the S-70A-9 Black Hawks had been retired from service. On the identical day, amid points with the efficiency of the MRH-90s the federal government introduced that they’d get replaced by as much as 40 UH-60M Black Hawks. The federal government is but to put an order. The Australian reported that’s hoped that six UH-60Ms perhaps delivered in 2023 with all deliveries accomplished by 2026.

US Army UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopter
US Military Joint Job Pressure-Bravo UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopter. (Photograph by Tech. Sgt. Amber Carter/U.S. Air Pressure Joint Job Pressure-Bravo)