MH-60R Sea Hawk
The MH-60R is the result of an program by the U.S. Navy to upgrade existing SH-60B and SH60F Seahawks. The 'M' prefix denotes a multi-role capability for the upgraded helos. MH-60Rs are designed for a full range of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) roles (protecting both within and outside fleets) as well as anti-surface roles, CSAR (combat search and rescue), cargo missions and special operations support.
Sensor upgrades include Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) array, sonobuoy and acoustic signal processing via a UYS-2A Enhanced Modular Signal Processor and a multi-mode radar. The MH-60R also incorporates a Light Imaging Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) laser technology which is an advanced sensor system for detecting submarines and submerged mines. Sensitive electronic signals sensors (Emission Sensor Measurement (ESM)) are carried for the detection of enemy radar signals. A FLIR (forward looking infrared) is fitted as standard.
The survivability of the MH-60R is enhanced by a fully automated electronic defense suite known as Decision Support System (DSS). The DSS automatically identifies threats and initiates countermeasures. The DSS also identifies targets for attack, bringing appropriate weapons systems and online and preparing them for launch, a facility that greatly reduces the workload and reaction time for the MH-60R's crew. The MH-60R also carries a selection of towed decoys for deflection of radar, infrared and laser threats.
MH-60R Sea Hawk Specifications
MH-60R SEA HAWK FEATURES
the MH-60R's nose houses a selection of highly advanced electronic sensors.
US Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk
U.S. DOD photo by PH3 (NAC) REBECCA J. MOAT, USN