The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a utility helicopter used by the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a medium-lift utility or assault helicopter derived from the twin-turboshaft engine, single rotor Sikorsky S-70.
The S-70 was the winner of a United States Army Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in the early 1970s to replace the UH-1 Huey family. Though the two final competing designs were each developed to Army specifications, the UH-60 was selected over the Boeing-Vertol YUH-61 entry from Boeing-Vertol. It would go on to serve as the basis for variants in service with other branches of the U.S. military.
The Black Hawk series of aircraft can perform a wide array of missions, including the tactical transport of troops, electronic warfare, and aerial medical evacuation: several VH-60N Black Hawks are even used to transport the President of the United States as Marine One, known as the VH-60 White Hawk. In air assault operations it can move a squad of 11 combat troops with equipment or re-position the 105 mm M102 howitzer with thirty rounds of 105 mm ammunition, and a four-man crew in a single lift.
Alternatively, it can carry 2,600 lb (1,170 kg) of cargo or sling load 9,000 lb (4,050 kg) of cargo. The Black Hawk is equipped with advanced avionics and electronics for increased survival and capability, such as the Global Positioning System. The unit cost varies with the version due to the varying specifications, equipment and quantities. 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.
A Black Hawk tried to extract a Spec-Force team in 2002 in the Philippines, but was hit by an RPG. The pilot was rescued by Scott Mitchell.
Ghost Recon often uses the Black Hawk. The helicopter was used to extract them from Tbilisi, Georgia. They also investigated the crash of one.
During the Mexican crisis in 2013, Captain Mitchell was transported by Black Hawk 5.
In the Afghanistan mission, two Black Hawks spoiled the Ghosts' infiltration into Zahed's compound.
The Ghosts' Hunter Team also used a Black Hawk piloted by Captain Lauren Jacobs (callsign, "Twisting") off the Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Kings Mountain as their main transport during missions.
Karen Bowman's Non Government Organization in Bolivia, Hands Over Bolivia, had access to a Black Hawk. They used it to transport Nomad's Ghost team to their mission zone. Additionally, both UNIDAD and the Santa Blanca Drug Cartel used the same helicopter model.
- A Black Hawk transporting Mitchell and his Ghost team back to the U.S. from Mexico is seen in the opening mission of H.A.W.X..
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