The MH-60M special operations helicopter has a fully integrated, digitized, open avionics architecture providing a glass-cockpit, fully coupled flight director, Embedded GPS/INS navigation system, integrated Blue Force Tracker and digital moving map system. The Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IVHMS) reduces maintenance workload and sets the stage for full implementation of Condition Based Maintenance.
The Blackhawk is the U.S. military’s premier transport helicopter for special operations. Carrying a crew of four and up to eleven passengers, it is often armed with side window-mounted GAU/M134 7.62mm mini guns or M60/M240 machine-guns.
The MH-60X, a secret version of the UH-60 modified with low-observable technology which enables it to evade radar, along with extra blades on the tail rotor and other noise reduction measures, makes the craft much quieter than conventional UH-60s. The aircraft includes features like special high-tech materials, harsh angles, and flat surfaces found only in stealth jets. The modifications add several hundred pounds to the base helicopter including edge alignment panels, special coatings and anti-radar treatments for the windshields.
Crew: 2 pilots (flight crew) with 2 crew chiefs/gunners
Capacity: 2,640 lb (1,200 kg) of cargo internally, including 11 troops or 6 stretchers, or 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) (UH-60A) or 9,000 lb (4,100 kg) (UH-60L) of cargo externally
Length: 64 ft 10 in (19.76 m)
Fuselage width: 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m))
Rotor diameter: 53 ft 8 in (16.36 m)
Height: 16 ft 10 in (5.13 m)
Disc area: 2,260 ft² (210 m²)
Empty weight: 10,624 lb (4,819 kg)
Loaded weight: 22,000 lb (9,980 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 23,500 lb (10,660 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft, 1,890 hp (1,410 kW) each
Never exceed speed: 193 knots (222 mph; 357 km/h)
Maximum speed: 159 kn (183 mph; 295 km/h)
Cruise speed: 150 kn (173 mph; 278 km/h)
Combat radius: 368 mi (320 nmi; 590 km)
Ferry range: 1,380 mi (1,200 nmi; 2,200 km) with ESSS stub wings and external tanks
Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,790 m)
Rate of climb: 1,315 ft/min (4.5 m/s)
Disc loading: 7.19 lb/ft (35.4 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.192 hp/lb (158 W/kg)
2 × 7.62 mm (0.30 in) M240H machine guns or
2 × 7.62 mm (0.30 in) M134 Minigun or
2 × .50 in (12.7 mm) GAU-19 gatling guns
Hardpoints: 4, 2 per ESSS stub wings and provisions to carry combinations of:
Rockets: 70 mm (2.75 in) Hydra 70 rockets
Missiles: AGM-114 Hellfire laser guided missiles, AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles
Other: 7.62 mm (0.30 in), 12.7 mm (0.50 in), 20 mm (0.787 in), or 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 gunpods
Bombs: Can be equipped with VOLCANO minefield dispersal system. See UH-60 Armament Subsystems for more information.