The first two United States Air Force Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters arrived at Moody, Ga. Base on Nov. 5, which begins the relief of the veteran HH-60G Pave Hawk.
It was the USAF (United States Air Force) that developed the concept and procedures for crew rescue in a combat zone, or CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue), which it used extensively in the Vietnam War. Today it remains the world’s most advanced service in the field based on its ongoing training and renewal of procedures and flight equipment, as is now the case with the HH-60W.
The new helicopters arrived in flight from the Lockheed Martin Training Academy (Sikorsky is a subsidiary of this multinational corporation) in Stuart, Florida under the command of the 41 Rescue Squadron or RS (Rescue Squadron) and 413 Test Squadron staff at in-flight FTS (Flight Test Squadron); and the 88 Squadron of Tests and Evaluation, or TES (Test and Evaluation Squadron), both headquartered at Duke Field, Florida Air Force Base.
The HH-60W is the latest generation of the battle-tested, twin-engine UH-60M Black Hawk turbocharged helicopter, which entered service in 1982 and will soon replace all HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from USAF to CSAR duties. Implementation of the program began in 2012 when the USAF issued an RFP (Request For Proposal) to equip itself with up to 112 Combat Rescue Helicopters or CRH (Combat Rescue Helicopters) to replace the HH-60Gs in the main mission. CSAR, but also very effective for other missions such as civil search and rescue or SAR, disaster relief, and accident and medical evacuation.
The USAF decided in May 2017 on the proposal of the company Sikorsky, to whom it placed the order to develop the aircraft under an agreement worth 1.28 billion dollars. The HH-60W in particular has a fuel system that almost doubles the capacity of its internal tank, which allows for greater range and therefore greater CSAR capacity. The new helicopter also features enhanced defense systems, flight performance, electrics, avionics, cooling, cybersecurity and weapon capabilities. (Julio Maz Sanz)
Photo: Front view of one of the new HH-60W. (USAF photo)
The two new HH-60Ws arrive at Moody Air Base, Georgia. (USAF photo)
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